South Africa’s water legislation is recognised for its ambitious adoption of Integrated Water Resource Management. However, implementation is hindered by conflicting hierarchical and network-based governance styles and lack of coordination between western administration and traditional authority.
Meergans, Franziska / Christina Aue / Christian Knieper / Sascha Kochendörfer / Andrea Lenschow / Claudia Pahl-Wostl (2020)
Die intensive Tierhaltung in der Weser-Ems-Region gilt als Hauptverursacher der Nitratbelastung im Grundwasser. Die Analyse von Koordination und Kooperation zeigt, dass die fehlende Abstimmung zwischen Wasser-, (Bio-)Energie- und Landwirtschafts-Gesetzgebung maßgeblich zur Problemlage beiträgt.
Mineral and metal extraction threatens water quantity and quality in Mongolia. While good legal provisions for coordination exist, a lack of stakeholder involvement, data availability, human and financial capacity, and general transparency and accountability hinder their implementation.
Schoderer, Mirja/ Ines Dombrowsky (2020)
The Current Column, 18 October 2020
Mining companies are increasingly aware that they need to manage their water risks better and to increase dialogue at eye-level with communities. Research that starts from the insight that companies, communities and state agencies are themselves a set of social relations might help identify entry points for dialogue and areas of connection across actors more effectively.
Yousefi, Ali / Christian Knieper / Claudia Pahl-Wostl (2020)
The Zayandeh Rud, one of the main rivers in Iran, suffers from severe water scarcity caused by competition among different water users. Overcoming the dominance of supply-oriented water management, strengthening transparency and more collaborative governance would help address the water crisis.
The Guadalquivir basin in Spain struggles with reducing agricultural water consumption to comply with water quantity provisions of the European Water Framework Directive. Improved cross-sectoral exchange, transparency, monitoring and revision of water rights are needed to address this challenge.