Adaptive Capacity, Adaptive Governance and Resilience

  • Margot Hill
Part of the Advances in Global Change Research book series (AGLO, volume 54)


Different challenges arising from increasingly uncertain and unpredictable hydro-climatic conditions have been accompanied by a shifting focus of water governance solutions. More recently, the water resources research community has paid increasingly close attention to climate change adaptation and adaptive processes in relation to water governance, recognizing the need to better understand adaptive processes that seek to embrace, rather than control uncertainty. This chapter presents these issues and introduces the linked concepts of adaptive capacity, adaptive governance and resilience in social ecological systems. It provides a review of how these topics approach the challenges presented in previous chapters, and how scholars have sought to develop these frameworks to better take into account the need to foster and mobilise adaptive capacity within water governance structures.


Adaptive capacity of water governance Resilience of social ecological systems Managing increasing uncertainty Climate resilient water management Climate change challenges for water institutions Adaptation to hydro-climatic changes 


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  1. 1.Research Group on Climate Change and Climate Impacts Institute for Environmental SciencesUniversity of GenevaCarougeSwitzerland

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