Category Archive: Science and Policy

Cell phones enhance water governance?

  Recent research from Oxford is arguing that the rapid expansion of mobile communication technology in Africa should be harnessed for enhancing water security. This year, more people in Africa will have mobile phone services than access to improved water services. At the same time, Africa is leading the world in mobile commerce innovations, including …

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The Mayans rise and fall: Water security and Climate change

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 …

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Is process enough to make big, watery dreams come true? The example of CALFED in the U.S.

Contribution by Sara Hughes – NCAR (USA). There may be an unwritten rule in water governance: collaboration is key. We advocate collaboration between decision makers and stakeholders, between government departments with different responsibilities, and between actors at different scales. There are many cases that have been used to understand when and how such collaboration has …

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IPCC releases special report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation

The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Working group I & II’ full report was presented on March 28, 2012. According to the IPCC, evidence suggests that climate change has led to changes in climate extremes such as heat waves, record high temperatures and, in many regions, heavy precipitation in the past half century.

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Mainstreaming climate considerations in European river basins

Despite the fact that mainstreaming of climate change into existing European Uinion sectoral policies is a key aim, empirical knowledge of how it works in practice remains scarce. A just accepted article in Environment and Planning C by Stijn Brouwer, Tim Rayner and Dave Huitema explores to what degree climate considerations are taken into account …

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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 …

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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 …

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On water, chess and strategic planning

By Farhad Mukhtarov.  When Karl Wittfogel, in 1957, published his seminal book “Oriental Despotism“, his claim that state-formation and organization of societies in hierarchies originated from large structural works, mainly irrigation in Mesopotamia and in the Yellow River in China, received much attention.  While the hypothesis of Wittfogel on the link between large-scale irrigation works and “despotism” …

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Black swans in water management

By Dave Huitema- It has been a couple of years since Nassim Nicholas Taleb published his book “The black swan. The impact of  the highly improbable“. The book is amusing reading, if only for the personality of the author who is opinioned on just about anything. This includes the question whether an expert is really an expert (as in …

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Conference on “Water and climate: policy implementation challenges” in Canberra

The second “Practical responses to climate change” conference will be held in Canberra at the National Convention Centre from 1-3 May 2012. The theme for 2012 is ‘Water and climate: policy implementation challenges’. Speakers for the conference include Mr Phil Cummins from Queensland Floods Commission, Alastair Driver from the UK Environment Agency, Professor Barbara Norman …

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