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Special Issue "Water Governance Solutions towards Future Environmental Challenges"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Water Resources Management, Policy and Governance".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 July 2023 | Viewed by 121

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Antonio Albuquerque
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Guest Editor
Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Beira Interior, 6201‐001 Covilhã, Portugal
Interests: nutrient removal; biofilm reactors; algae technology; water reuse; waste valorisation
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Dr. Eleonora Santos
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Guest Editor
Centre of Applied Research in Management and Economics, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, 2411-901 Leiria, Portugal
Interests: water governance; energy saving in water and wastewater systems; lifecycle assessment (LCA); water economy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Water availability in quantity and quality changes considerably among countries and also inside countries. Due to the expected increase in water demand for humans, industry, touristic and agricultural activities regarding water scarcity have been increasing in several regions, exacerbated by the effects of climate change, leading to water shortages, water stress or deficits and water crises. Current governance mechanisms have proved ineffective in responding to climate change. As a result, regions where watersheds are limited struggle to cope with the consequences of water crises and changes in water demands, frequently resulting in the increase in economic costs and social agitation.

Therefore, new methodologies for policy co-design and the integrated implementation of multi-level governance are needed, which could allow the introduction of nature-based solutions for wastewater treatment, energy savings in water infrastructures, energy extraction from wastewater, digital solutions for water management, waste-to-energy recovery approaches, the valorization of waste produced during water and wastewater treatment, lifecycle assessment (LCA) for the analysis and evaluation of water and wastewater infrastructures and green financing as well as the establishment of social, legal and institutional support systems for effective water governance.

The strategic planning for such methodologies would involve the optimization of both water use and energy efficiency for the treatment, storage and distribution of water, the treatment and reuse of wastewaters, the valorization of byproducts (sludges) from water and wastewater treatment and the use of suitable energy operations for maintaining water quality and its reuse.

This Special Issue aims to include research regarding the most recent and innovative solutions for water and wastewater management, which could involve nature-based solutions, practices for reducing energy consumption and carbon release to the atmosphere, digital solutions, byproduct (sludge) valorization, sustainable water and energy governance policies.

Topics will include:

  • Water governance;
  • Water scarcity management;
  • Energy saving in water and wastewater systems;
  • Nature-based solutions for wastewater treatment and reuse;
  • Water and wastewater treatment and sludge valorization;
  • Digital solutions in water and wastewater treatment;
  • Energy generation from water, wastewater and related subproducts (sludge);
  • Effect of climate change on water and wastewater management;
  • Lifecycle assessment (LCA) in water and wastewater infrastructures.

Dr. Antonio Albuquerque
Dr. Eleonora Santos
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Water is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • water governance
  • water treatment and distribution
  • wastewater treatment and reuse
  • energy saving in water
  • waste-to-energy recovery
  • water byproduct valorization
  • digital solutions
  • climate changes
  • water economy
  • lifecycle assessment

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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