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Global water governance and climate change: identifying innovative arrangements for adaptive transformation


Melo Zurita, ML and Thomsen, DC and Holbrook, NJ and Smith, TF and Lyth, A and Munro, PG and de Bruin, A and Seddaiu, G and Roggero, PP and Baird, J and Plummer, R and Bullock, R and Collins, K and Powell, N, Global water governance and climate change: identifying innovative arrangements for adaptive transformation, Water, 10, (1) Article 29. ISSN 2073-4441 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3390/w10010029


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 dilemma, and the importance of democratized processes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:adaptive transformation, global environmental governance, water governance, institutional analysis, innovative arrangements
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Hydrology
Research Field:Hydrology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Climate variability (excl. social impacts)
UTAS Author:Holbrook, NJ (Professor Neil Holbrook)
ID Code:127606
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2018-08-06
Last Modified:2019-07-31
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