Practical Panarchy for Adaptive Water Governance

Linking Law to Social-Ecological Resilience

Editors: Cosens, Barbara, Gunderson, Lance (Eds.)

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  • Looks at the role of law in achieving adaptive governance
  • Applies resilience as a bridging concept between law and social-ecological systems in specific social-ecological systems
  • Illustrates the theory with six water basin assessments
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This book presents the results of an interdisciplinary project that examined how law, policy and ecological dynamics influence the governance of regional scale water based social-ecological systems in the United States and Australia. The volume explores the obstacles and opportunities for governance that is capable of management, adaptation, and transformation in these regional social-ecological systems as they respond to accelerating environmental change.  With the onset of the Anthropocene, global and regional changes in biophysical inputs to these systems will challenge their capacity to respond while maintaining functions of water supply, flood control, hydropower production, water quality, and biodiversity. Governance lies at the heart of the capacity of these systems to meet these challenges. Assessment of water basins in the United States and Australia indicates that state-centric governance of these complex and dynamic social-environmental systems is evolving to a more complex, diverse, and complex array public and private arrangements.  In this process, three challenges emerge for water governance to become adaptive to environmental change.  First, is the need for legal reform to remove barriers to adaptive governance by authorizing government agencies to prepare for windows of opportunity through adaptive planning, and to institutionalize the results of innovative solutions that arise once a window opens. Second, is the need for legal reform to give government agencies the authority to facilitate and participate in adaptive management and governance.  This must be accompanied by parallel legal reform to assure that engagement of private and economic actors and the increase in governmental flexibility does not destabilize basin economies or come at the expense of legitimacy, accountability, equity, and justice.  Third, development of means to continually assess thresholds and resilience of social-ecological systems and the adaptive capacity of their current governance to structure actions at multiple scales.  The massive investment in water infrastructure on the river basins studied has improved the agricultural, urban and economic sectors, largely at the cost of other social and environmental values.  Today the infrastructure is aging and in need of substantial investment for those benefits to continue and adapt to ongoing environmental changes.  The renewal of institutions and heavily engineered water systems also presents the opportunity to modernize these systems to address inequity and align with the values and objectives of the 21st century. Creative approaches are needed to transform and modernize water governance that increases the capacity of these water-based social-ecological systems to innovate, adapt, and learn, will provide the tools needed to navigate an uncertain future.

About the authors

Barbara Cosens is a legal scholar with a background in science who has almost three decades experience in interdisciplinary team work at the law/science interface.  She is Professor in the College of Law and in the Water Resources graduate program at the University of Idaho.

Lance Gunderson is a systems ecologist who has four decades experience in understanding, assessing, and managing regional-scale social-ecological systems. He is Professor and Chair of Environmental Sciences at Emory University.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

Table of contents (18 chapters)
  • An Introduction to Practical Panarchy: Linking Law, Resilience, and Adaptive Water Governance of Regional Scale Social-Ecological Systems

    Pages 1-16

    Cosens, Barbara (et al.)

  • Case Studies in Adaptation and Transformation of Ecosystems, Legal Systems, and Governance Systems

    Pages 19-31

    Gunderson, Lance (et al.)

  • Resilience of the Anacostia River Basin: Institutional, Social, and Ecological Dynamics

    Pages 33-46

    Arnold, Craig Anthony (Tony) (et al.)

  • Social-Ecological Resilience in the Columbia River Basin: The Role of Law and Governance

    Pages 47-64

    Cosens, Barbara (et al.)

  • Social, Legal, and Ecological Capacity for Adaptation and Transformation in the Everglades

    Pages 65-81

    Gunderson, Lance (et al.)

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eBook 118,99 €
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Hardcover 155,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Practical Panarchy for Adaptive Water Governance
Book Subtitle
Linking Law to Social-Ecological Resilience
Editors
  • Barbara Cosens
  • Lance Gunderson
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-72472-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-72472-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-72470-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-10206-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 322
Number of Illustrations
17 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour
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