Exploring Water Governance Arrangements in the Swiss Alps From the Perspective of Adaptive Capacity

Schneider, Flurina; Homewood, Christine (2013). Exploring Water Governance Arrangements in the Swiss Alps From the Perspective of Adaptive Capacity. Mountain Research and Development, 33(3), pp. 225-233. International Mountain Society 10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-13-00004.1

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In times of increasing uncertainty because of climate and socioeconomic changes, the ability to deal with uncertainty and surprise is an essential requirement for the sustainability of alpine water governance. This article aims to contribute to the understanding of the adaptive capacity of water governance arrangements in the Swiss Alps and to propose options for reforms. To this purpose, we evaluated the current arrangements and the ways the actors have dealt with water shortages in the past, based on qualitative interviews and a document review. The research revealed that the adaptive capacity of the investigated arrangements is rather high with regard to reactive ways of responding to water shortage problems. However, there is limited capacity to proactively anticipate possible changes and to find prospective solutions on a regional scale. We conclude that with increased environmental and social pressures, forms of proactive water resource governance should be introduced, taking into account the welfare of people in both upstream and downstream areas.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography > Unit Geography of Sustainable Development
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Schneider, Flurina

Subjects:

900 History > 910 Geography & travel
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

0276-4741

Publisher:

International Mountain Society

Projects:

[444] Approaching water stress in the Alps

Language:

English

Submitter:

Monika Wälti-Stampfli

Date Deposited:

16 Jan 2014 11:29

Last Modified:

23 Nov 2015 11:16

Publisher DOI:

10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-13-00004.1

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Water governance, adaptive capacity, reform options, reactive and proactive responses, Switzerland

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.39666

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/39666

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