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Water and Climate Governance in Deltas: On the Relevance of Anticipatory, Interactive, and Transformative Modes of Governance

Environmental Governance, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, P.O. Box 80115, 3508 TC Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Water 2020, 12(12), 3391; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12123391
Received: 10 November 2020 / Revised: 26 November 2020 / Accepted: 30 November 2020 / Published: 2 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Water Resources Management, Policy and Governance)
Deltas worldwide have been experiencing pressures and challenges exacerbated by climate change. An explicit focus on deltas is lacking in various bodies of literature, although present in those bodies focusing on the resilience of social-ecological systems. However, overall, literature relevant for addressing water and climate governance in deltas is arguably still fragmented, leading to knowledge gaps and unexplored opportunities with regards to the development of delta-oriented governance strategies. To address this knowledge gap, we conducted a systematic literature review focusing on six bodies of literature relevant to delta governance up to and including the year 2019. The results show that scholarly interest in developing transformative pathways has increased sharply over the last few years. We derived seven key governance problems and five governance solutions for resilient deltas. We found that the predominant focus is still on technocratic approaches, with limited recognition of the political dimension and few forward-looking studies. In conclusion, we suggest stimulating the development and application of more anticipatory, transformative, and interactive modes of governance to help steer the transformation to resilient and sustainable deltas. We end with suggestions for systematic, interdisciplinary, and forward-looking empirical-analytical research. View Full-Text
Keywords: governance; water; climate; deltas; transformation; resilience governance; water; climate; deltas; transformation; resilience
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Triyanti, A.; Hegger, D.L.T.; Driessen, P.P.J. Water and Climate Governance in Deltas: On the Relevance of Anticipatory, Interactive, and Transformative Modes of Governance. Water 2020, 12, 3391. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12123391

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Triyanti A, Hegger DLT, Driessen PPJ. Water and Climate Governance in Deltas: On the Relevance of Anticipatory, Interactive, and Transformative Modes of Governance. Water. 2020; 12(12):3391. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12123391

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Triyanti, Annisa, Dries L.T. Hegger, and Peter P.J. Driessen 2020. "Water and Climate Governance in Deltas: On the Relevance of Anticipatory, Interactive, and Transformative Modes of Governance" Water 12, no. 12: 3391. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12123391

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