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Science–policy processes for transboundary water governance

Armitage, Derek; de Loë, Rob C.; Morris, Michelle; Edwards, Tom W. D.; Gerlak, Andrea K.; Hall, Roland I.; Huitema, Dave; Ison, Ray; Livingstone, David; MacDonald, Glen; Mirumachi, Naho; Plummer, Ryan and Wolfe, Brent B. (2015). Science–policy processes for transboundary water governance. Ambio, 44(5) pp. 353–366.

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Abstract

In this policy perspective, we outline several conditions to support effective science–policy interaction, with a particular emphasis on improving water governance in transboundary basins. Key conditions include (1) recognizing that science is a crucial but bounded input into water resource decision-making processes; (2) establishing conditions for collaboration and shared commitment among actors; (3) understanding that social or group-learning processes linked to science–policy interaction are enhanced through greater collaboration; (4) accepting that the collaborative production of knowledge about hydrological issues and associated socioeconomic change and institutional responses is essential to build legitimate decision-making processes; and (5) engaging boundary organizations and informal networks of scientists, policy makers, and civil society. We elaborate on these conditions with a diverse set of international examples drawn from a synthesis of our collective experiences in assessing the opportunities and constraints (including the role of power relations) related to governance for water in transboundary settings.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 1654-7209
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 43325
Depositing User: Raymond Ison
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2015 10:06
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2017 10:17
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/43325
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