Governance Experiments in Water Management: From Interests to Building Blocks

TitleGovernance Experiments in Water Management: From Interests to Building Blocks
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsDoorn, N
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Date Published2016
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
KeywordsClimate , CLIMATIC , FLOODS , governance , interests , Scientific , Stakeholder , STAKEHOLDERS , VALUES , WATER
AbstractThe management of water is a topic of great concern. Inadequate management may lead to water scarcity and ecological destruction, but also to an increase of catastrophic floods. With climate change, both water scarcity and the risk of flooding are likely to increase even further in the coming decades. This makes water management currently a highly dynamic field, in which experiments are made with new forms of policy making. In the current paper, a case study is presented in which different interest groups were invited for developing new water policy. The case was innovative in that stakeholders were invited to identify and frame the most urgent water issues, rather than asking them to reflect on possible solutions developed by the water authority itself. The case suggests that stakeholders can participate more effectively if their contribution is focused on underlying competing values rather than conflicting interests. 
NotesDoorn, Neelke 1; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Department of Technology, Policy and Management - Values, Technology and Innovation, Delft University of Technology, 2600 GA Delft The Netherlands; Source Info: Jun2016, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p755; Subject Term: WATER -- Management; Subject Term: WATER shortages; Subject Term: FLOODS; Subject Term: CLIMATIC changes; Subject Term: STAKEHOLDERS; Subject Term: SCIENTIFIC community; Author-Supplied Keyword: Climate adaptation; Author-Supplied Keyword: Governance experiment; Author-Supplied Keyword: Interests; Author-Supplied Keyword: Stakeholder participation; Author-Supplied Keyword: Values; Author-Supplied Keyword: Water governance; Number of Pages: 20p; Document Type: Article