Assessing the sustainability of water governance systems: the sustainability wheel

Schneider, Flurina; Bonriposi, Mariano; Graefe, Olivier; Herweg, Karl Günter; Homewood, Christine; Huss, Matthias; Kauzlaric, Martina Catharina; Liniger, Hanspeter; Rey, Emmanuel; Reynard, Emmanuel; Rist, Stephan; Schädler, Bruno; Weingartner, Rolf (2015). Assessing the sustainability of water governance systems: the sustainability wheel. Journal of environmental planning and management, 58(9), pp. 1577-1600. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/09640568.2014.938804

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We present and test a conceptual and methodological approach for interdisciplinary sustainability assessments of water governance systems based on what we call the sustainability wheel. The approach combines transparent identification of sustainability principles, their regional contextualization through sub-principles (indicators), and the scoring of these indicators through deliberative dialogue within an interdisciplinary team of researchers, taking into account their various qualitative and quantitative research results. The approach was applied to a sustainability assessment of a complex water governance system in the Swiss Alps. We conclude that the applied approach is advantageous for structuring complex and heterogeneous knowledge, gaining a holistic and comprehensive perspective on water sustainability, and communicating this perspective to stakeholders.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Physical Geography > Unit Hydrology
10 Strategic Research Centers > Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Physical Geography
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Schneider, Flurina; Herweg, Karl Günter; Kauzlaric, Martina Catharina; Liniger, Hanspeter; Rey, Emmanuel; Rist, Stephan; Schädler, Bruno and Weingartner, Rolf

Subjects:

900 History > 910 Geography & travel

ISSN:

0964-0568

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Projects:

[444] Approaching water stress in the Alps

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stephan Schmidt

Date Deposited:

17 Mar 2015 10:04

Last Modified:

20 Jun 2019 07:45

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/09640568.2014.938804

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.63777

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/63777

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