Several interesting papers on water governance were presented at the Lund conference on Earth System Governance.
Charlotte de Bruyne and Itay Fischhendler presented the results of research on factors which may explain the adoption of conflict resolution mechanisms (CRM’s) in transboundary agreements. Their statistical analysis of the Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database demonstrates that while trustful relations, water stress and high external resource dependency support CRM’s adoption; political freedom, asymmetry in political freedom and colonial signatories, obstruct CRM’s.
Dave Huitema and Sander Meijerink in their paper ‘The politics of river basin organizations, coalitions, institutional design choices and consequences’ develop a theoretical framework for analyzing the design and performance of River Basin organizations (RBOs) with a specific focus on accountability issues, which may arise when RBOs are founded.
Farhad Mukhtarov and Andrea Gerlak presented an interesting overview of the various transnational policy entrepreneurs, including intergovernmental organizations and government-‐based aid agencies, international NGOs, global knowledge networks, and private sector actors who advance various water initiatives and help to conclude agreements on the foundation of RBOs.
Andrew Ross presented the results of a comparative case study on integrated ground and surface water management in the western USA and the Murray-Darling basin. The paper shows that integrated cyclical management of water supplies and storage offers opportunities to improve adaptation to climate variation and uncertainty, including through the strategic management of stocks of underground water.