Workshop on comparative water studies in London

The Centre for Water and Development  (SOAS, London UK), the Irrigation and Water Engineering group (Wageningen University NL) and the ZEF Center for Development Research (Bonn Germany) are organizing a workshop on comparative water studies in London, October 24 and 25 2011. Keynote speakers include James Wescoat (MIT USA) and Wendy Olsen (Manchester UK). Continue reading

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Water management in Africa: call for abstracts

Climate variability, coupled with population growth, has a very high impact on water resources. Many African countries experience water stress or even water scarcity. As water availability constantly declines, partitioning of water for domestic consumption, agriculture and other forms of water use is becoming a subject of serious concern. Sound management of limited water resources is becoming increasingly important to help meet the challenge of a fast rising population and increasing demand for water and food. To identify scientific strategies and policy options for the future, the Network Water Management Issues in Africa of African Science Academies (NASAC) organizes the international conference Water Management Issues in Africa, which will take place on 29-31 March 2012 in in Port Louis, Mauritius. More information in the Call for abstracts NASAC

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Vacancy: researcher institutional aspects of water management in Mongolia

The German Development Institute in Bonn has a vacancy for a researcher to work on institutional aspects of water use and water resources management in Mongolia in the context of an interdisciplinary research consortium funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). The German Development Institute describes itself as “one of the leading think tanks on development policy. Through excellent research, policy advice and training, the Institute contributes to finding solutions to global challenges”, and one of its focus areas is environmental governance (including water). The post to be filled is from October 2011 until June 2012. More information on the vacancy can be found here.

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ECPR General Conference – Papers on water governance

The 6th general conference of the European Consortium for Political Research, with more than 2000 participants the biggest conference on Iceland ever, was organized at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik, 24-27th august 2011. In the panel session ‘Adaptation to Climate Change on National, Regional and Local Levels’, which was organized by Carina Keskitalu of the Umea University, Sweden, two papers on adaptation in the water sector were presented. Continue reading

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Frameworks and methods for water governance research: ESFconference results

Contribution by Katherine Daniell (The Australian National University) and Farhad Mukhtarov (VU University, Amsterdam).

The research conference on “Water governance: meeting the challenges of global change” in Obergurgl, Austria took place from the 6-10 June, 2011 with funding from the European Science Foundation. The conference brought together about 50 researchers involved in water governance and management, and covered a variety of themes including global governance of water, water and public sector infrastructure, water as a human right, the role of individuals in water policy, water law and the methods for effective comparative research in water governance. A number of participants came from industry and international organizations, ensuring that the conference also represented non-academic voices. Continue reading

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Learning to tell a good story: Narratives and water resources in the Lower Colorado Basin

Contribution by Helen Ingram, Mrill Ingram and Raul Lejano (University of Calfornia at Irvine and University of Arizona) –  Narratives are the way people make sense of themselves and the ecology around them. If the need to change water policy does not affect or move the people whose behavior needs to change, it is because it has not become narrative truth for them –it has no part in the story of their lives.  It has little meaning for them. On the whole, water policy professionals and analysts are not good storytellers. Their discourse tends to be bloodless, relying on science, expertise and narrow utilitarian logic to make their case. In this brief essay, we relate what we have learned about telling a good story and what we discovered applying narrative analysis to the Lower Colorado River Basin. Continue reading

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Call for Abstracts – Symposium on “The governance of adaptation”

On March 22-23, 2012. a two-day symposium will be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on “The governance of adaptation”. Topics to be discussed include: the framing of adaptation problems and goals, modes of governance and available instruments, agency and leadership in adaptation governance, and the science-policy interaction and adaptation. You are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words on relevant issues before the 15th of October 2011. The organizers seek to bring together around 50 scholars, who will be selected after a review of abstracts to be submitted to governanceofadaptation@ivm.vu.nl. A contribution to travel costs is available for all participants with an approved abstract. Presenters from within Europe will receive 150 Euros, travelers from outside Europe 500 Euros. More details in The Governance of Adaptation Call for Abstracts.

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Latest issue Water Alternatives

In June 2011 the latest issue of Water Alternatives was published. This issue contains interesting papers on cross border water management (Iberian peninsula), on decentralisation in irrigation management (Philippines), and on the emergence and functioning of river committees in Tanzania. This paper by Hans Komakech and Pieter van der Zaag uses Elinor Ostrom’s Institutional Analysis and Development Framework to analyze the organization and effectiveness of river committees. One of the conclusions is that the best performing river committees largely complied with five of the eight design principles distinguished by Ostrom, which indicates that not all principles are necessary for effective water institutions. For the Table of Contents of the latest issue click here 

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Voluntary agreements in water: environmental benefits?

By Sara Hughes at NCAR and UCSB – It’s no secret that improving the environmental outcomes of water governance can be politically difficult to do; as a result we are continually searching for new policy tools that are able to solve problems and appease interests. Voluntary environmental programs (VEPs) have been growing in popularity in the private sector due to their political palatability, low enforcement costs, and flexibility. In fact there are over 300 voluntary agreements in the European Union and around 200 in the United States. VEPs can take on a variety of forms but have three key features: environmental standards are created that members of the program commit to meet, joining the program is voluntary, and there are perceived benefits to members in the form of avoided regulation, increased demand for their products, or assistance from regulators. Could VEPs be a viable solution for achieving environmental benefits from water governance? Continue reading

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Water leaders: From research to action

Contribution by Andre Taylor, Leadership specialist, International WaterCentre
In recent years, researchers have investigated the role of different types of water leader in driving processes of change. For example, Brown and Clarke1 identified the attributes of ‘champions’ who worked in a cross-sectoral network to collectively promote more sustainable forms of stormwater management in Melbourne. Taylor2 extended this work to identify attributes of effective project and executive level ‘champions’ who advanced sustainable forms of water management in Australian water agencies, the nature of champion-proven leadership processes, and the contextual factors that enabled them to emerge as leaders and successfully drive change. Continue reading

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