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Global Water Governance and Climate Change: Identifying Innovative Arrangements for Adaptive Transformation

Melo Zurita, Maria de Lourdes; Thomsen, Dana C.; Holbrook, Neil J.; Smith, Timothy F.; Lyth, Anna; Munro, Paul G.; de Bruin, Annemarieke; Seddaiu, Giovanna; Roggero, Pier Paolo; Baird, Julia; Plummer, Ryan; Bullock, Ryan; Collins, Kevin and Powell, Neil (2018). Global Water Governance and Climate Change: Identifying Innovative Arrangements for Adaptive Transformation. Water, 10(1), article no. 29.

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Abstract

A convoluted network of different water governance systems exists around the world. Collectively, these systems provide insight into how to build sustainable regimes of water use and management. We argue that the challenge is not to make the system less convoluted, but rather to support positive and promising trends in governance, creating a vision for future environmental outcomes. In this paper, we analyse nine water case studies from around the world to help identify potential ‘innovative arrangements’ for addressing existing dilemmas. We argue that such arrangements can be used as a catalyst for crafting new global water governance futures. The nine case studies were selected for their diversity in terms of location, scale and water dilemma, and through an examination of their contexts, structures and processes we identify key themes to consider in the milieu of adaptive transformation. These themes include the importance of acknowledging socio-ecological entanglements, understanding the political dimensions of environmental dilemmas, the recognition of different constructions of the dillema, and the importance of democratized processes.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 The Authors
ISSN: 2073-4441
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
CADWAGO: Climate change adaptation and water governance—reconciling food security, renewable energy and the provision of multiple ecosystem servicesNot SetCompagnia di San Paolo, VolkswagenStiftung and Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Keywords: adaptive transformation; global environmental governance; water governance; institutional analysis; innovative arrangements
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 55054
Depositing User: Kevin Collins
Date Deposited: 21 May 2018 08:43
Last Modified: 10 May 2019 15:20
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/55054
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