Science-policy processes for transboundary water governance

Derek Armitage, Rob C de Loe, Michelle Morris, Tom W D Edwards, Andrea K Gerlak, Roland I Hall, Dave Huitema, Raymond Leslie Ison, David Livingstone, Glen MacDonald, Naho Mirumachi, Ryan Plummer, Brent B Wolfe

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Abstract

In this policy perspective, we outline several conditions to support effective science-policy interaction, with a particular emphasis on improving water governance in transboundary basins. Key conditions include (1) recognizing that science is a crucial but bounded input into water resource decision-making processes; (2) establishing conditions for collaboration and shared commitment among actors; (3) understanding that social or group-learning processes linked to science-policy interaction are enhanced through greater collaboration; (4) accepting that the collaborative production of knowledge about hydrological issues and associated socioeconomic change and institutional responses is essential to build legitimate decision-making processes; and (5) engaging boundary organizations and informal networks of scientists, policy makers, and civil society. We elaborate on these conditions with a diverse set of international examples drawn from a synthesis of our collective experiences in assessing the opportunities and constraints (including the role of power relations) related to governance for water in transboundary settings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353 - 366
Number of pages14
JournalAmbio
Volume44
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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