Water governance and management systems and the role of ecosystem services: Case study insights- groundwater management in the Sandveld region, South Africa

Autor(en): Knüppe, K. 
Pahl-Wostl, C. 
Stichwörter: Groundwater; Groundwater resources; Sustainable development; Water management, Environmental water; Fresh water resources; Groundwater management; Groundwater policy; Institutional setting; Integrated management; Management objectives; Multi-level structures, Ecosystems
Erscheinungsdatum: 2014
Herausgeber: Springer International Publishing
Journal: The Global Water System in the Anthropocene: Challenges for Science and Governance
Startseite: 271
Seitenende: 287
Freshwater resources deliver a broad set of ecosystem services essential for human health and well-being, food and energy production, social and economic stability, and for protecting and maintaining ecosystems. The ever increasing demand of water resources often result in substantial declines in the provision of ecosystem services. The management of human and environmental water needs is therefore challenging and calls for an integrative view on ecosystem services. A shift of current water management objectives is required to ensure water security for current and future generations. This article analyzes water governance and management systems (WGMS) and highlights characteristics assumed to be crucial for adaptive and integrated management: (i) institutional settings, (ii) actor networks, and (iii) multi-level structures. To understand complex WGMS one has to link these characteristics to management performances including impacts on ecosystem services. We applied this approach to the Sandveld in South Africa focusing on actor networks and the management of ecosystem services. We indicate that a basic re-thinking of water management objectives at national and regional level according to groundwater sustainability took place. A bottom-up movement in the Sandveld developed approaches to protect and sustain groundwater resources. Nevertheless, cooperation between actors and sectors from different levels is weak which in turn provides a huge barrier for the integration of ecosystem services into groundwater policies. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014. All rights reserved.
ISBN: 9783319075488
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-07548-8_18
Externe URL: https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85028291416&doi=10.1007%2f978-3-319-07548-8_18&partnerID=40&md5=3a550bff8b1e130fc2c5353c9551ee19

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