Research on water governance at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) starts from the premise that the global water crisis is not primarily a physical but a governance crisis. We analyse water governance problems in different political regimes and at all scales (local to global). Research on the prerequisites for sustainable and adaptive water management and on the scope of action of the actors involved includes perspectives for development cooperation.
The team works on the fragmentation of global water governance and develops solutions to water problems while considering the interplay with climate policies and international agricultural trade. Research on transboundary water resources focuses on conflict and cooperation potentials as well as on options for benefit-sharing in different basins worldwide. It examines the institutionalisation and effectiveness of integrated water resources management (IWRM) and river basin management. In this context, we also explore how developing countries may adapt to climate change.
Further topics are sustainable dam development including social and environmental aspects; large-scale acquisitions in agricultural land and the implications for water rights; local water conflicts; and the challenges of the agriculture, energy and water nexus.
Head of Department "Environmental Policy and Natural Resources Management"
Currently on leave
Rodríguez de Francisco,
- Increasing Good Governance to Achieve the Objective of Integrated Water Resource Management
- Integrated Water Resources Management in Central Asia – Model Region Mongolia (MoMo III)
- Promoting food security in rural Sub-Saharan Africa: The role of agricultural intensification, social security and results-oriented approaches
- Stability and Development in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
- Anwendung von Umwelt- und Sozialstandards bei Wasser- und Wasserkraftprojekten in der Türkei
- Climate change and development - natural resources management in the context of adaptation and mitigation
- Cooperation on hydropower projects on international rivers – The Ruzizi cascade and Rusumo Falls projects
- Implementing the Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Incentive structures and policy instruments
- Integrated Water Resources Management in Central Asia – Model Region Mongolia (MoMo)
Special Water and Energy
Sustainability in the water-energy-food nexus
Bhaduri, A. / C. Ringler / I. Dombrowsky / R. Mohtar / W. Scheumann (eds.), Water International (Special Issue), 40 (5-6), 723-732
Private finance for adaptation: do private realities meet public ambitions?
Pauw, Pieter, Richard Klein, Pier Vellinga, Frank Biermann (2015)
Climatic Change, pp 1-15
Biodiversity – A vital foundation for sustainable development
G7 Elmau Progress Report
(long version in English)