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Integrating water and agricultural management: Collaborative governance for a complex policy problem

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Journal publication date1/11/2010
JournalScience of the Total Environment
Journal number23
Volume408
Number of pages8
Pages5623-5630
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper examines governance requirements for integrating water and agricultural management (IWAM) The institutional arrangements for the agriculture and water sectors are complex and multi-dimensional, and integration cannot therefore be achieved through a simplistic 'additive' policy process Effective integration requires the development of a new collaborative approach to governance that is designed to cope with scale dependencies and interactions, uncertainty and contested knowledge, and interdependency among diverse and unequal interests. When combined with interdisciplinary research, collaborative governance provides a viable normative model because of its emphasis on reciprocity, relationships, learning and creativity. Ultimately, such an approach could lead to the sorts of system adaptations and transformations that are required for IWAM (C) 2009 Elsevier B V. All rights reserved.