Water Governance in the Face of Global Change

From Understanding to Transformation

  • Claudia Pahl-Wostl

Part of the Water Governance - Concepts, Methods, and Practice book series (WGCMP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  11. Back Matter
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About this book


This book offers the first comprehensive treatment of multi-level water governance, developing a conceptual and analytical framework that captures the complexity of real water governance systems while also introducing different approaches to comparative analysis. Applications illustrate how the ostensibly conflicting goals of deriving general principles and of taking context-specific factors into account can be reconciled. Specific emphasis is given to governance reform, adaptive and transformative capacity and multi-level societal learning. The sustainable management of global water resources is one of the most pressing environmental challenges of the 21st century. Many problems and barriers to improvement can be attributed to failures in governance rather than the resource base itself. At the same time our understanding of complex water governance systems largely remains limited and fragmented. The book offers an invaluable resource for all researchers working on water governance topics and for practitioners dealing with water governance challenges alike.


Adaptive Capacity Adaptive Water Management Multi-level Water Governance Sustainable Water Management Water Governance Water Governance and Global Change Water Security

Authors and affiliations

  • Claudia Pahl-Wostl
    • 1
  1. 1.Inst. for Environmental Systems ResearchUniversity of OsnabrückOsnabrückGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-21854-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-21855-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2365-4961
  • Series Online ISSN 2365-497X
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