Tag: Discussion

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 …

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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 …

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Honey, I confused the concepts!

By Dave Huitema – The movie “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” and its equally interesting sequel “Honey I blew up the Kids”, provide for a certain amount of feel good 1980s nostalgia and pleasure for a rainy day when watching a DVD seems a good option. Movie titles like these are catch phrases that ideally have …

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Central Asia and Caucasus: a polygon for testing approaches to water governance

By Farhad Mukhtarov. With the rise of globalization, models for good water governance, such as integrated water resources management (IWRM), river basin management (RBM), river basin organizations (RBOs), water user associations (WUAs), and more recently, water pricing and payments for ecosystem services (PES), all travel around the world to impact policy-making at national and local …

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Comparative learning as a two way street: public participation in the Water framework directive

Contribution by David Benson, Andrew Jordan, Laurence Smith, Hadrian Cook, and Alex Inman. Integrated water resources management (IWRM) is now a worldwide phenomenon, providing multiple venues for comparative learning on potential governance options. One ‘ideal model’ of IWRM often normatively promoted by academics and policy-makers as a learning resource is the European Union’s Water Framework …

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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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Water governance across the Canada-US border: not seeing the forest for the trees?

Contribution by Cheryl de Boer: Water knows no borders… but we as people most certainly do.  We set up nations, organizations, programs, policies, governments, businesses and groups based on all sorts of systems, conceptual and geographical boundaries. As a result, increases in development tend to be accompanied by the setting up of additional organizational and governance …

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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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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).

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Water governance; an empty signifier?

Our blog is now live for about six months, and we have had several posts on water governance. Although there are multiple perspectives on ‘water governance’, we even dared to post a page on “What is water governance”, indicating and implying that we know how to define the concept. Well, this may not be true …

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