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Degrees of change toward polycentric transboundary water governance: exploring the Columbia river and the lesotho highlands water project
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre. University of Victoria, Canada.
2019 (English)In: Ecology & society, ISSN 1708-3087, E-ISSN 1708-3087, Vol. 24, no 2, article id 6Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Complex challenges emerging in transboundary river basins reveal a need to include a range of interests and actors in governance processes. Polycentric governance is one framework that can address this need and inform adaptive and resilient governance processes in transboundary basins as linked social and ecological systems. Here, we explore whether and how nonstate actors might be contributing to a shift in governance toward polycentric systems for the Columbia River (Canada/USA) and the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (Lesotho/South Africa). Using data gathered from 60 in-depth interviews, our empirical results illustrate four governance themes relevant to the emergence of polycentricity in the case study basins: Authority, flexibility, coordination activities, and information sharing. Although the emergence of polycentricity is limited by existing state-centric governance regimes, these regimes show evidence that polycentric traits are supplementing existing governance systems, influencing policy processes, and introducing a range of management values.

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2019. Vol. 24, no 2, article id 6
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authority, Columbia River, coordination, flexibility, information sharing, Lesotho Highlands Water Project, polycentricity, transboundary water governance
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-178196DOI: 10.5751/ES-10852-240206Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85070814803OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-178196DiVA, id: diva2:1387166
Available from: 2020-01-20 Created: 2020-01-20 Last updated: 2020-01-21Bibliographically approved

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