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Water 2016, 8(11), 510; doi:10.3390/w8110510

Learning for Transformation of Water Governance: Reflections on Design from the Climate Change Adaptation and Water Governance (CADWAGO) Project

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Applied Systems Thinking in Practice Group, School of Engineering and Innovation, The Open University, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, UK
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Strategic Communication Group, Wageningen University, 6700 EW Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York, York YO10 5NG, UK
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Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, 75007 Uppsala, Sweden
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Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast 4558, Queensland, Australia
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Desertification Research Centre, University of Sassari, 07100 Sassari, Italy
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Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Sassari, 07100 Sassari, Italy
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Academic Editors: Tim Smith and Athanasios Loukas
Received: 4 August 2016 / Revised: 24 October 2016 / Accepted: 27 October 2016 / Published: 4 November 2016
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Abstract

This paper considers how learning for transformation of water governance in the context of climate change adaptation can be designed for and supported, drawing examples from the international climate change adaptation and water governance project (CADWAGO). The project explicitly set out to design for governance learning in the sense of developing elements of social infrastructure such as workshops, performances and online media to bring stakeholders together and to facilitate co-learning of relevance to governance. CADWAGO drew on a variety of international cases from past and ongoing work of the project partners. It created a forum for dialogue among actors from different contexts working at different levels and scales. The range of opportunities and constraints encountered are discussed, including the principles and practicalities of working with distributed processes of design and leadership of events. A range of concepts, tools and techniques were used to consider and facilitate individual and collective learning processes and outcomes associated with water governance in the context of climate adaptation. Questions were addressed about how elements of past, present and future water governance thinking and practice are connected and how multi-level systemic change in governance can take place. Some reflections on the effectiveness of the design for learning process are included. The nature of the contribution that projects such as CADWAGO can make in learning for transformation of water governance practices is also critically considered. View Full-Text
Keywords: learning; design; water governance; transformation; CADWAGO learning; design; water governance; transformation; CADWAGO
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Blackmore, C.; van Bommel, S.; de Bruin, A.; de Vries, J.; Westberg, L.; Powell, N.; Foster, N.; Collins, K.; Roggero, P.P.; Seddaiu, G. Learning for Transformation of Water Governance: Reflections on Design from the Climate Change Adaptation and Water Governance (CADWAGO) Project. Water 2016, 8, 510.

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