The general conference of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), which will be organized in Bordeaux, 4-7 September 2013, has a promising program for those interested in climate and water governance. Katrien Termeer (Wageningen University, the Netherlands) and Joerg Knieling (HafenCity Universität Hamburg, Germany) will organize a Section on climate change governance (Section nr 07).They aim to bring together a series of panels focusing on governance issues relating to three key challenges of climate change: (1) limiting the magnitude of climate change, through for example reducing greenhouse gas emissions, transforming energy production or reforestation; (2) developing and implementing adjustments to adapt to the effects of climate change, through for example dykes or changing spatial planning, and (3) increasing the adaptive capacity of society to deal with (unexpected) future changes through broader processes of societal change .
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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Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) has been forwarded as an innovative policy instrument for improving coordination in water management, often at the watershed level. The state of California in the U.S. has been experimenting with IRWM since 2008 when it based the California Integrated Regional Water Management Planning Act. My colleague Stephanie Pincetl and I decided to look at how the introduction of IRWM has changed the patterns of collaboration and management in southern California. The results will be published soon in Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy.
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This spring I attended two international meetings of social scientists interested broadly in governance and climate change issues. Despite their common themes, the meetings couldn’t have been more different: one meeting drew heavily on critical theory and focused on local-scale and non-state actors and processes while the other meeting was populated with policy research that counted and categorized national policy initiatives with little in the way of evaluation. I found myself feeling frustrated. The literature on governance emphasizes all things new: new paradigms, new spaces, new actors, new relationships, new interdisciplinary tools and new linkages. But are we as a research community keeping up and “walking the walk”?
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Many mysteries surround the Maya-civilization, living from 250 BC to 900 AD. It is seen as the most developed society in Mesoamerica in ancient history. One of the more intriguing question is how the Mayans managed to flourish and how they abruptly came to their fall in 900 AD (Livescience). Amongst the possible causes to its demise are the exploding population growth and the intensification of land use, both leading to greater resource scarcity. Moreover, in the seasonal climate, water supply had been an ongoing problem for the Mayans. This month, archaeologists led by the University of Cincinnati have revealed new details about the Maya’s sustainable water and land management, including the discovery of the largest ancient dam in Central America (Published in PNAS, see also Sci-News).
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The European Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2013 is an initiative of a number of major European research projects. This will be the first European conference which covers the broad range of issues related to climate change adaptation and follows international conferences in Australia (Gold Coast, Queensland) in 2010 and in the United States (Tucson, Arizona) in 2012. This conference will place a greater emphasis on understanding and assessing adaptation in action under the theme integrating climate into action.
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By Farhad Mukhtarov. One of the most captivating talks at the Earth System Governance Conference in Lund, Sweden this April was by Margaret Carol Lee. The subject of the presentation was on land-grabbing in Africa. She called this as “the crime of the new scramble for the Africa’ black gold — land”. The presentation
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