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Using functional linkages of hydrological ecosystem services to solve integration problems of integrated water resources management

Hack, Jochen (2016):
Using functional linkages of hydrological ecosystem services to solve integration problems of integrated water resources management.
In: Understanding the Water-Energy-Food Nexus and its Implications for Governance - Scientific Forum, DBU Osnabrück, Germany, 15.-16.06.2016, [Online-Edition: https://www.wef.uni-osnabrueck.de/d2-the-role-of-ecosystem-s...],
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Abstract

With Integrated Water Resources Management, a new water management paradigm arose. Since the 1990s, most countries worldwide have started to establish enabling environments and defined new institutional roles in order to manage their water resources in a cross-sectoral, multi-stakeholder and integrated way. This development has often occurred at the national level, but remained without subsequent implementation at the regional or local level in the form of water resources management at the river basin level. Problems of implementation at the river basin level are related to the identification of suitable management scales and real cross-sectoral stakeholder involvement. Conventional attempts have tried to solve these problems independently without paying attention to specific motivations of involved actors. The use of management instruments more flexible to specific implementation contexts has only a recent record. This contribution uses the concept of spatial fit and institutional interplay as an analytical framework to identify the problems of cross-sectoral integration and cooperation to find the right scale for both in a context-specific manner. The application of the concept of hydrological ecosystem services reveals very context- and site-specific socio-ecologic relationships between service providers and beneficiaries from these services. These provision-supply relationships can be described spatially, thereby representing a possible solution to find an appropriate context- and site-specific scale for an integrated management of water and related resources. This contribution reveals insights from empirical studies of the application of compensation schemes for hydrological ecosystem services that served to pave the way towards more integrated forms of water management. Prevailing problems of local water management could be identified and spatially related to ecosystem-based solutions. This way different stakeholder achieved more coordinated and cross-sectoral management.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2016
Creators: Hack, Jochen
Title: Using functional linkages of hydrological ecosystem services to solve integration problems of integrated water resources management
Language: English
Abstract:

With Integrated Water Resources Management, a new water management paradigm arose. Since the 1990s, most countries worldwide have started to establish enabling environments and defined new institutional roles in order to manage their water resources in a cross-sectoral, multi-stakeholder and integrated way. This development has often occurred at the national level, but remained without subsequent implementation at the regional or local level in the form of water resources management at the river basin level. Problems of implementation at the river basin level are related to the identification of suitable management scales and real cross-sectoral stakeholder involvement. Conventional attempts have tried to solve these problems independently without paying attention to specific motivations of involved actors. The use of management instruments more flexible to specific implementation contexts has only a recent record. This contribution uses the concept of spatial fit and institutional interplay as an analytical framework to identify the problems of cross-sectoral integration and cooperation to find the right scale for both in a context-specific manner. The application of the concept of hydrological ecosystem services reveals very context- and site-specific socio-ecologic relationships between service providers and beneficiaries from these services. These provision-supply relationships can be described spatially, thereby representing a possible solution to find an appropriate context- and site-specific scale for an integrated management of water and related resources. This contribution reveals insights from empirical studies of the application of compensation schemes for hydrological ecosystem services that served to pave the way towards more integrated forms of water management. Prevailing problems of local water management could be identified and spatially related to ecosystem-based solutions. This way different stakeholder achieved more coordinated and cross-sectoral management.

Journal or Publication Title: Scientific Forum Proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: IWRM, functional linkage, ecosystem service
Divisions: 11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences > Earth Science
11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences > Earth Science > Ecological Engineering
13 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences
13 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences > Institute of Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering
13 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences > Institute of Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering > Engineering Hydrology and Water Management
11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences
Event Title: Understanding the Water-Energy-Food Nexus and its Implications for Governance - Scientific Forum
Event Location: DBU Osnabrück, Germany
Event Dates: 15.-16.06.2016
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2016 11:23
Official URL: https://www.wef.uni-osnabrueck.de/d2-the-role-of-ecosystem-s...
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