Groundwater-resource governance: Are governments and stakeholders responding to the challenge?
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Groundwater-resource governance: context of article
Failure of groundwater management often results from inadequate governance arrangements, rather than from lack of knowledge about sustainable yield or pollution vulnerability of aquifers (or groundwater bodies). All hydrogeologists, concerned about protecting groundwater resources from serious depletion (and its collateral effects) and from contamination generated at the land surface, should be asking themselves whether governance provisions for their resource are adequate and being implemented effectively. This article, derived from a related World Bank publication (Foster et al. 2009), has as its objective the motivation of groundwater scientists (as key stakeholders) in advocacy to improve national and local groundwater-governance provisions.
The term ‘governance’ is generally understood to mean the exercise of political, economic and administrative authority for national affairs at all levels (UNDP 1997) — and comprises the...
KeywordsGroundwater governance Groundwater resources Groundwater management Groundwater protection
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The authors acknowledge the efforts of their former colleagues in the World Bank-Groundwater Management Advisory Team (GW·MATE) on groundwater-governance issues, and the long-term support of Karin Kemper, Catherine Tovey and Julia Bucknall in this regard, together with more recent stimulation from Mohamed Ait-Kadi and Ania Grobicki (Global Water Partnership). They are also indebted to Cathy Reveles and Jacob Burke for constructive dialogue, and to the journal reviewers of this article (Leif Wolf, Stefanie Kralisch and Roland Barthel) for their valuable comments.
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