Water Management and Irrigation Governance in the Anthropocene: Moving from Physical Solutions to Social Involvement

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Title: Water Management and Irrigation Governance in the Anthropocene: Moving from Physical Solutions to Social Involvement
Authors: Ricart Casadevall, Sandra
Research Group/s: Agua y Territorio
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Interuniversitario de Geografía
Keywords: Irrigation | Water management | Stakeholders | Governance | Climate change | Anthropocene
Knowledge Area: Geografía Física
Issue Date: 2-Jun-2018
Publisher: SCIENCEDOMAIN international
Citation: Journal of Geography, Environment and Earth Science International. 2018, 15(4): 1-15. doi:10.9734/JGEESI/2018/42125
Abstract: The rising water turbulence in the Anthropocene changes the water research and policy agenda, from a water-resource efficiency to a water resilience focus. Irrigation systems, as examples of complex social-ecological systems, deal with both the uncertainty of ecosystem dynamics and the interdependencies resulting from human needs. The water-agriculture nexus is context-dependent, socially constructed and technically uncertain, and it should be analysed as a hydrosocial cycle, which likewise takes into account the inseparability of social and physical aspects of water systems. Water management options have typically been categorized as either supply management or demand management, and even though physical solutions continue to dominate traditional planning approaches, these solutions are facing increasing social opposition. Focused on the Anthropocene dynamics, how to ensure stakeholders’ involvement? The value of stakeholder participation is to reduce the rigid influence of the technocratic state by devolving greater decision-making power to users directly invested in, and knowledgeable of, the management of natural resources. This paper aims to review key questions about water governance in order to promote the transition from being problem-oriented to proactive and forward-thinking management tools by ensuring social learning.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/83934
ISSN: 2454-7352
DOI: 10.9734/JGEESI/2018/42125
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2018 Ricart; This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.9734/JGEESI/2018/42125
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