Supporting Water Governance and Climate Change Adaptation Through Systemic Praxis

Blackmore, Chris; Ison, Ray and Collins, Kevin (2013). Supporting Water Governance and Climate Change Adaptation Through Systemic Praxis. In: Communication for the Commons: Revisiting Participation and Environment. Proceedings of the 2013 Conference on Communication and Environment (Meisner, Mark S.; Sriskandarajah, Nadarajah and Depoe, Stephen P. eds.), The International Environmental Communication Association, pp. 107–117.



Understanding and working with multiple perspectives on issues of change is an essential part of managing “common pool” water resources. In uncertain and complex situations arising from changes in human settlements and climate, both lives and livelihoods can be at stake. One individual’s or group’s choices can adversely affect others and traditional processes of participation and legislation are often inadequate. Discourse on environmental law recognises that noncompliance with legislation is associated with weak national governance structures. A systemic approach to managing change is required to appreciate interconnections among issues at various levels and to mediate different stakeholdings. Yet there are no blueprints for effecting systemic transformations of complex situations. This paper explores how the implementation of climate change adaptation can be supported when grounded in situations, such as water governance. It draws on the authors’ experiences of systemic praxis in the water sector.

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