What is water governance?

Water governance can be seen as a question ‘about water distributions and their organization and coordination: distributions of water (and of water related rights, risks, responsibilities, benefits and incomes), as well as distributions of (scientific or political) voice, power and authority. Importantly, questions include those about the linkages between these different distributions”.

This is how Margreet Zwarteveen introduces the concept of water governance and the way we think about it at the UNESCO-IHE Water Governance group.

For more thoughts on how to think about ans study water governance here is Margreet’s inaugural lecture at the University of Amsterdam (February 2015) Regulating water, ordering society. Practices and politics of water governance. “Some argue that because of their urgency, solving water problems requires new water wizards and heroes: new courageous visionaries who speak and act on behalf of both nature and society”. Or perhaps we do need more equity and justice in water governance and in the distributions of water and voice?

Is something missing or overlooked in this definition of water governance?

We are looking forward to hear your opinion!



Cite this blog post
Emanuele Fantini (2016, November 10). What is water governance? FLOWs. Retrieved May 25, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.58079/oryo

Emanuele Fantini

Emanuele (@emanufanti) is senior lecturer and researcher at the Water Governance Department of IHE Delft. Committed to public engagement and crossover projects with artists and journalists, Emanuele coordinates the project “Open Water Diplomacy. Media, science and transboundary cooperation in the Nile basin”, he hosts the podcasts “The Sources of the Nile”, “Water Alternatives Podcast”, and “Si dice acqua”, and he is the editor of IHE Delft Water Governance Blog, FLOWs.

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