Water Governance and Management and Climate Change

  • Richard MeissnerEmail author


In this chapter, I will present three case studies; two of which focus on water governance and management and one on climate change. Research scientists argue that climate change has a profound impact on water resources and the management thereof, hence the inclusion of climate change assessment and adaptation strategies as case studies. I analyse two climate change adaptation strategies; one from Australia and the other from South Africa. The other case study deals with South Africa’s National Water Resource Management Strategy and the United Nations Development Programme’s Water and Ocean Governance focus area. How the strategies or plans were developed, using different research paradigms and theories, is the gist of the chapter.


Climate change Local government Provincial government Water governance Water management National Water Resource Management Strategy United Nations Development Programme 


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