The Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Water Framework Directive in Spain – Limits to participation?

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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The National Science Foundation – Research on Water Governance

The US based National Science Foundation is sponsoring a set of research projects on water governance. There is a strong emphasis on policy networks and social capital embedded in these networks. Many interesting publications have been posted, especially about the type of social capital that actors seek under different conditions. In some cases – when there’s a risk of defection of partners-  bonding capital is more important, in other cases – when collaboration implies little risk to them- bridging capital. The researchers in the water governance projects have also uncovered some of the dynamics in partner selection when actors in water projects need to decide about who to involve. Complexity considerations play an important role in this. Recommended reading! Follow the link.

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Tuesday 22 March – World Water Day and Global Water Governance

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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Virtual water – what are the implications for governance?

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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The latest issue of Water Alternatives

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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European Science Foundation Meeting 5-10 June

European Science FoundationThe 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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Adaptability: the role of uncertainty in the design of international water treaties

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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Evaluating (Climate) Policy – Reflexiveness?

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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IASC Conference, Hyderabad, India, 10-14 January 2011

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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