According to latest insights there are 279 river basins across the globe which are shared by two or more countries. In spite of the urgent need for shared management of international rivers, there is en endless list of river disputes which deserve our attention. Navigation, water pollution, water allocation and flooding are the most common international issues, often characterized by upstream-downstream power asymmetries.
By Farhad Mukhtarov. Like it or not, there are strong private interests involved in managing water resources. Water is being bought and sold, in bottles and in concession contract for the right to supply drinking …
International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. An international day to celebrate …
The World Water Week (August 26-31 2012) is hosted and organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and takes place each year in Stockholm. Each year the World Water Week addresses a particular theme …
By Peter Scholten: Driven by the necessity of adapting to climate change, water governance in the Netherlands is more and more leaning towards an approach in which many of the governance actions are aimed at creating more …
Wetlands International is a global, non-profit organisation dedicated solely to the work of wetlands conservation as a contribution to sustainable development. It describes itself as follows: “We aim for wetland conservation to maintain the key …
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The Water Framework Directive is the flagship water legislation of the European Union. It is premised on several modern ideas on water governance, including the notion that water should be managed on the basin scale, that users must pay for their water, and that water decision must be taken in a participatory way. In a new article in the journal European Planning Studies, our colleague Marc Parés i Franzi from the Autonomous University in Barcelona took a closer look at the notion of participation in the way Spain implements the Water Framework Directive.
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Tuesday the 22nd of March is World Water Day. Perhaps a good day to reflect upon the goals we seek after in our efforts at water governance. Especially relevant is the impact of globalization. Like in other areas, such as climate change, we can observe how social-ecological systems becaome increasingl;y connected. This process connects local (water) resources, their users, and their governors to their counterparts elsewhere. This process of globalization has obvious downsides. The over use of water resources in one locality can increasingly be compensated by taking the water from another, be it in the form of virtual water or of real water. Sometimes such taking is done by ‘roving bandits’, organizations with little local roots that are just there to take the resource. Once depleted, they’ll move elsewhere, and governments are often not able to respond quickly enough. However, globalization also offers possibilities;
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The idea of virtual water has gained quite a bit of traction lately. Virtual water is defined by our colleagues at the virtual water site as part of the products and commodities that are being traded. It thus refers to The virtual-water content of a product (a commodity, good or service) [which] is the volume of freshwater used to produce the product, measured at the place where the product was actually produced (production-site definition). […] The adjective ‘virtual’ refers to the fact that most of the water used to produce a product is not contained in the product. The real-water content of products is generally negligible if compared to the virtual-water content.
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In February 2011 a new issue of the journal Water Alternatives came out. In its manifesto, the journal suggests that the debate on water needs to focus more on “modes of governance’. Articles in the February 2011 issue include some on the watershed approach, public particpation in water management, and the organization of collective action. Please find the February 2011 issue here.
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The European Science Foundation is organizing a meeting on water governance, entitled ‘Meeting the challenges of global change’. Look here for a preliminary programme. For a list of participants, please see here. The list of invited participants and the agenda promise a very exciting and fruitful event.
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International water treaties are one way in which countries can manage uncertainty about their water future. But treaties usually only pertain to the behavior of other treaty parties, and tend to be based on the assumption that the future unfolds in a relatively static way. But what if unexpected natural developments such as those related to climate change imply a radically different future? Treaties must then be adjusted to reflect the new realities. In an upcoming article in ‘Climatic Change’, Drieschova, Fischhendler and Giordano discuss how uncertainty is treated in international water treaties.
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Several meta trends that are currently going on in the water sector, specifically Integrated Water Resources Management and Adaptive Management, require much monitoring and learning. One way to advance such learning is through evaluation. But is evaluation meant for that? And does actual evaluation practice help achieve reflexiveness? Dave Huitema and colleagues discuss theory and emerging practice of climate policy evaluation in Europe in a new article: Huitema, D. et al., The evaluation of climate policy: theory and emerging practice in Europe, in the journal Policy Sciences.
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The 13th IASC International Conference was held in Hyderabad, India in mid January. It was my first time at such a big gathering of common pool resources community, and with over 500 participants and 11 parallel sessions, the conference, I must admit, has been much more than one could possibly digest. The relief was the plenary when you just did not have to be confused looking into your little conference programme book choosing a possible panel.
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