The global water crisis is a crisis of governance. Starting from this premise, researchers at DIE analyse water governance problems within multiple political contexts to understand conditions for equitable and ecologically sustainable water access, use, and management, keeping a particular eye on the role of development cooperation.
Water research at DIE spans various scales, from global and international dimensions to national and local dynamics, for example surrounding the implementation of policy instruments (such as Payments for Ecosystem Services and Nature-based Solutions, governance paradigms (such as Integrated Water Resources Management and the Water-Energy-Food-nexus) and international agreements (such as the 2030 Agenda), but also local political economies of water. Our work investigates the allocation and sharing of benefits and costs from water use, the recognition of use rights, and institutional arrangements that support coordination across sectors and governance levels and that mitigate trade-offs.
We collaborate closely with partner organizations in multiple countries and are engaged in international networks and local initiatives, such as the Bonn Water Network. In addition, we provide policy advice to the German government, e.g. through reports or by commenting on strategy papers and guidelines.
Freshwater as a global commons: international governance and the role of Germany
Herrfahrdt-Pähle, Elke / Waltina Scheumann / Annabelle Houdret / Ines Dombrowsky (2019)
Discussion Paper 15/2019
Payment for ecosystem services and the water-energy-food nexus: securing resource flows for the affluent?
Rodríguez-de-Francisco, Jean Carlo / Bibiana Duarte-Abadía / Rutgerd Boelens (2019)
published in Water 11 (6) online
Forums, fees and data flows: coordinating mining and water policy in Mongolia
Schoderer, Mirja / Ines Dombrowsky (2020)
Briefing Paper 20/2020