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Aligning Climate Governance with Urban Water Management: Insights from Transnational City Networks

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Institute of Political Science, Heidelberg University, Bergheimer Straße 58, 69115 Heidelberg, Germany
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Heidelberg Center for the Environment, Heidelberg University, Im Neuenheimer Feld 229, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany
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Water 2019, 11(4), 701; https://doi.org/10.3390/w11040701
Received: 27 February 2019 / Revised: 30 March 2019 / Accepted: 2 April 2019 / Published: 4 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Challenges of Water Management and Governance in Cities)
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Abstract

A growing number of cities in different world regions are forming transnational networks in order to mitigate and adapt to climate change. In this study, we are interested in the nexus between climate change and urban water management. How do transnational city networks for climate action perceive urban water management? What kind of activities do they adopt for improving urban water management? How effective are these in practice? This study maps 17 transnational city networks that primarily work on climate governance, assesses whether they formally embrace urban water management as a field of activity, and analyzes the extent to which they influence local climate action regarding water-related issues. Our descriptive analysis reveals that the great majority of transnational city networks has embraced goals related to urban water management, mostly framed from the perspective of adaptation to climate change. However, our in-depth analysis of two frontrunner cities in Germany shows that membership in ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) has only limited influence on the initiation and implementation of water-related policy measures. View Full-Text
Keywords: city networks; climate change; ICLEI; Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); urban water management city networks; climate change; ICLEI; Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); urban water management
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Tosun, J.; Leopold, L. Aligning Climate Governance with Urban Water Management: Insights from Transnational City Networks. Water 2019, 11, 701.

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