World Water Week Announcement

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 to enable a deeper examination of a specific water-related topic. The themes change each year, but each fits within a broader “niche” that covers several years. The niche for 2009-2012 is “Responding to Global Changes”, which looks at the potential and necessary responses in water policy, management and development to address pervasive and increasingly impacting global changes. The current series is ended with this years’ topic  “Water and Food Security”. One of the workshop discusses “Governance for water and food security” and relates to the topics we discuss on this blog as well. The workshop is presented as follows:

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Daring Leadership and the challenge of Dutch water governance

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 space for water dynamics. In the Netherlands, where over sixteen million inhabitants lay their diverse claims on one of Europe’s smallest countries, half of which is situated below sea level, more space for water implies a combining of water safety and flood management with many other societal functions that compete for the same space. This implies a transformation of the challenge of water governance from a problem of flood protection to a multidimensional governance issue that attempts to combine spatial management, economic functionality, ecological values and infrastructural problems and that involves many actors with different opinions and interests. Read the rest of this entry »

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Vacancy technical officer water and climate at Wetlands International

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 values of these areas: local livelihoods, climate regulation, water provision and biodiversity. The organisation has a core staff of around 200 people in 16 offices world‑wide. Wetlands International works with partners in government, NGO’s and the private sector and manages a large number of global level, multi-partner projects. Our work ranges from working at the grass roots level with community groups to advocacy at global conventions. The Ede office is the headquarters of the global organisation”. Currently the organization is looking for a technical officer water and climate. Read more about the vacancy here.

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Water and the city blog

Partners in the European research project Transitions to the Urban Water Services of Tomorrow (or TRUST) are proud to announce the creation of a new blog, dubbed Water and the City. The blog’s purpose is to provide opportunities for the public and professionals to discuss the current condition and future of water services in our cities. Over the coming months it will address issues such as where our water comes from, how we use it, and how much it should cost. Read the rest of this entry »

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Symposium on the 1997 UN Watercourses Convention – Dundee June 2012

Our colleagues at the IHP- HELP Centre for Water law, policy and science and WWF will co-organise a symposium on the 1997 UN Watercourses Convention. The aim of the symposium is to gather together a wide and diverse range of viewpoints from academia, government, international organisations, and civil society, to debate the existing and potential relevance of this global framework instrument. Read the rest of this entry »

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Scientists-poachers: are you one of them?

By Farhad Mukhtarov. Forgive a brief indulgence in personal anecdote, although exclusively for a purpose. I was interviewed for a job at a Dutch University some years ago, and since my PhD thesis had neo-Gramscian ideas, I was asked whether I was a neo-Gramscian. The intention was to indicate that there are a few like-minded prominent researchers at an associated faculty of social sciences. I responded that I was not sure who I was, perhaps a social scientist with a variety of ideas. In reality, I was a “scientist-poacher”! I have been encroaching on the fields of economics, political science, international relations, geography, linguistics, cultural science and God knows what else! And I have no name for myself! That would not be a problem if not the human need to classify in order to comprehend and judge (see a nice article by Freeman and Frisina on this). Nowadays, you are not because you think, as Descartes had proclaimed. You are because you have a label! Read the rest of this entry »

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New issue Water Alternatives is out

The newest issue of Water Alternatives has just come out (volume 5, issue 1). This time thereis a themed section on water governance and the politics of scale. The journal has free online access and is known for its critical approach to water issues. Find the latest issue at this link.

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Miami Vice as the decor for IWRM

By Arjan Hijdra. If it are the words ‘Miami Vice’ that drew your attention, just keep reading, I will work my way from IWRM all the way to this famous 80s TV series. As a practitioner in the field of waterway development I currently have the great pleasure of submerging myself in the rich world of ‘water governance’. I’m working on my PhD dissertation and currently I’m staying at the Urban Studies and Planning dept. at MIT, Boston, to focus on the US context.

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Negotiating water

As many contributions to his blog have demonstrated, water is a hotly contested resource. In most cases of water resources management there are many parties involved, each having different problem perceptions, interests and preferences. Since hierarchical interventions are often impossible or considered ineffective,  many water governance scholars are interested in the question how to manage multi-actor decision making processes. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Write articles, not blog postings’

This was the very provocative title of an article I found while browsing the internet. Jakob Nielsen argues that if you intend to ‘demonstrate world-class expertise, you should avoid quickly written, shallow posting’. Instead, you should invest your precious time in writing thorough, value-added content that attracts -for his audience- ‘paying customers’.

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