Water governance in the UK and EU: So far, so what and what next? Symposium Report. 16th September 2015, Royal Society, London.

Foster, Natalie; Collins, Kevin; Ison, Raymond and Blackmore, Chris (2015). Water governance in the UK and EU: So far, so what and what next? Symposium Report. 16th September 2015, Royal Society, London. The Open University, Milton Keynes.

Abstract

Improving water governance is key to achieving a range of environmental, social and economic objectives including food, water and energy security, climate change resilience, health and well-being, and sustainable economic growth. This symposium brought together examples of initiatives in research, policy and practice for transforming water governance, including: CADWAGO case studies from the UK, Canada and Australia; the OECD’s work on water governance principles; DEFRA’s overview of the Catchment-based Approach; and the work of the Roe Catchment Community Water Management Group in the UK. CADWAGO researchers from the Open University have been working with Government bodies, NGOs, consultants, water industry, academics, and others to better understand the current water governance situation and how it might be improved in practice. The results of this engagement — focusing on transformations in stakes and stakeholding, facilitation, institutions and policies, and knowing and learning — were used as a starting point for developing of an agenda for transforming water governance in the UK and the EU. This report provides an overview of the presentations and group discussions from the symposium.

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