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Water 2018, 10(1), 29; https://doi.org/10.3390/w10010029

Global Water Governance and Climate Change: Identifying Innovative Arrangements for Adaptive Transformation

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School of Geosciences, University of Sydney, Camperdown 2006, Australia
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Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs 4556, Australia
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Swedish Centre for Education for Sustainable Development, Uppsala University, Carmegatan, 362157 Visby, Sweden
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Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON L2S 3A1, Canada
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Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Battery Point 7004, Australia
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School of Humanities and Languages, University of New South Wales, Kensington 2052, Australia
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Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York, York YO10 5NG, UK
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Desertification Research Centre and Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Sassari, viale Italia 39, 07100 Sassari, Italy
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Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, 10691 Stockholm, Sweden
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Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9, Canada
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Department of Engineering and Innovation, Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, UK
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Received: 31 August 2017 / Revised: 1 December 2017 / Accepted: 21 December 2017 / Published: 2 January 2018
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Abstract

A convoluted network of different water governance systems exists around the world. Collectively, these systems provide insight into how to build sustainable regimes of water use and management. We argue that the challenge is not to make the system less convoluted, but rather to support positive and promising trends in governance, creating a vision for future environmental outcomes. In this paper, we analyse nine water case studies from around the world to help identify potential ‘innovative arrangements’ for addressing existing dilemmas. We argue that such arrangements can be used as a catalyst for crafting new global water governance futures. The nine case studies were selected for their diversity in terms of location, scale and water dilemma, and through an examination of their contexts, structures and processes we identify key themes to consider in the milieu of adaptive transformation. These themes include the importance of acknowledging socio-ecological entanglements, understanding the political dimensions of environmental dilemmas, the recognition of different constructions of the dillema, and the importance of democratized processes. View Full-Text
Keywords: adaptive transformation; global environmental governance; water governance; institutional analysis; innovative arrangements adaptive transformation; global environmental governance; water governance; institutional analysis; innovative arrangements
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Melo Zurita, M.L.; Thomsen, D.C.; Holbrook, N.J.; Smith, T.F.; Lyth, A.; Munro, P.G.; de Bruin, A.; Seddaiu, G.; Roggero, P.P.; Baird, J.; Plummer, R.; Bullock, R.; Collins, K.; Powell, N. Global Water Governance and Climate Change: Identifying Innovative Arrangements for Adaptive Transformation. Water 2018, 10, 29.

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