Water Governance: Meeting the Challenges of Global Change - ESF-LFUI Conference
Universitätszentrum Obergurgl
Gaisbergweg 3
7, Obergurgl

     *  Abstract Deadline:
       21st February 2011

     *  Registration Deadline:
       21st February 2011


   Paula Antunes, New University of Lisbon ( UNL ), PT; Frank Biermann,
   VU Amsterdam, NL; Janos Bogardi, GWSP , Bonn, DE; Declan Conway,
   University of East Anglia ( UEA ), UK; William Cosgrove, Ecoconsult
   Inc. Montreal, CA; Matthias Finger, IDHEAP Lausanne, CH; Helen Ingram,
   UCI Irvine, US; Louis Lebel, USER / CMU , TH; Josefina Maestu,
   UN-Water Decade Programme of Advocacy and Communication ( DPAC ), ES;
   Lyla Mehta, University of Sussex, UK; Peter Mollinga, SOAS , London,
   UK; Elinor Ostrom, Indiana University, Bloomington, US; Claudia
   Pahl-Wostl, University of Osnabrück, DE; Roger A. Pielke, University
   of Colorado, and Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in
   Environmental Sciences ( CIRES ), US; Benoit Rihoux, Université
   Catholique de Louvain ( UCL ), BE; Maria Saleth, Madras Institute of
   Development Studies ( MIDS ), Chennai, IN; Roland Schulze, University
   of KwaZulu Natal, Scotsville, ZA; Koos Wieriks, Secretary to the Dutch
   Advisory Committee of Water, NL.

   The requirements for sustainable management of environmental resources
   in general, and of water in particular, have been a topic of continued
   concern. Critical voices have recognized that prevailing environmental
   resources management approaches have been mechanistic and technocratic
   largely neglecting complexity and the human dimension and have argued
   for a radical paradigm shift. In terms of policy approaches, there has
   been a tendency to focus on standard policy solutions (e.g.
   liberalisation of water services) for vastly different policy contexts
   and situations, many of which have had counter-productive results.
   This ongoing debate has been fuelled by prospects of climate and
   global change which render the conditions under which management has
   to perform increasingly unpredictable.
   Globalization exhibits breathtaking dynamics and leads to large scale
   changes with unprecedented speed. In particular climate change and the
   concomitant increase of extreme weather events has exposed the
   vulnerability and lack of resilience of water resource management
   regimes. Many problems are not primarily associated with the resource
   base but can be attributed to governance failures and poor
   understanding of how ecosystem – human institution interactions
   further affect ecosystem services and human use. The human dimension
   has a central role and strong emphasis needs to be given to governance
   Governance embraces the full complexity of a wide range of regulatory
   processes and their interaction. This is reflected in the definition
   of water governance by UNDP : “Water governance refers to the range of
   political, social, economic and administrative systems that are in
   place to regulate development and management of water resources and
   provisions of water services at different levels of society ( UNDP ,
   A major challenge is to understand how all these different processes
   in concert determine certain policy outcomes and how change in
   governance regimes occurs. What is required to increase the adaptive
   capacity of governance regimes and meet at the same time the normative
   principles of ‘good water governance? Governance regimes are
   characterized by self-organization, emergence and diverse leadership.
   What is yet lacking in general is a profound understanding of what
   “managing change� might imply in such diffuse, complex and multi-level
   networks, how all these complex processes act in concert and under
   which conditions they lead to a sustainable governance of
   environmental resources.
   The conference will make a major contribution to establishing the
   state of the art, to identify major future challenges and support the
   establishment of a scholary community in the emerging field of water

   Conference objectives: • establish state of the art on major recent
   insights and advances in concepts and methodology in analyses of water
   governance and policy • bridge regional and global scales in
   multi-level analyses of water governance • strengthen the emerging
   community of water governance scholars

Schedule of Presentations:

Monday, June 6, 2011
07:30:00 Session One | Welcome and Introduction
08:00:00 Opening speech | The importance of the overall field and the session themes from a scientific perspective Claudia Pahl-Wostl
08:30:00 A complementary keynote speech from a policy practitioner’s perspective William Cosgrove
09:00:00 Session Two | Global governance of water – current developments and future prospects
09:15:00 Session Two | Critical analysis of the current state
09:30:00 Session Two | Current and future challenges for global water governance
09:45:00 Session Two | Scenarios and prospects for development
13:00:00 New perspectives on global environmental governance Peter Mollinga
13:30:00 The global water challenge
14:05:00 The evolution of water law
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
08:00:00 Session Three | Water governance addressing (global and) climate change
09:00:00 Session Three | Challenges for water governance arising from climate change
10:00:00 Session Three | Adaptive water governance and climate change
11:00:00 Session Three | Dealing with extremes
11:30:00 Session Three | Characterization of hazards from a governance perspective
13:00:00 Climate change adaptation, vulnerability Declan Conway
13:30:00 Climate change impacts on water, hydrological regimes Roland Schulze
14:00:00 Water governance and climate change governance | synergies, conflicts and opportunities Joyeeta Gupta, Frank Biermann
14:30:00 Decision making under uncertainty Roger A. Pielke
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
08:00:00 Session Four | Conceptual foundations to understand properties and dynamics of multi-level water governance regimes
09:00:00 Session Four | Requirements for sustainable water governance
09:30:00 Session Four | Determinants of good water governance
10:00:00 Session Four | Links between the different governance modes - bureaucratic hierarchies, markets and networks
11:00:00 Session Four | Barriers and drivers for change - potential and limitations of ‘governing’ fundamental change
11:30:00 Dynamics of governance and role of multi-level and multi-scale learning processes Claudia Pahl-Wostl
12:00:00 Beyond universal remedies for good water governance Helen Ingram
13:00:00 Transitions in water governance: a perspective from developing countries Louis Lebel
13:30:00 From multi-governance to multi-level governance | Institutional dynamics and water management
14:00:00 Session Five | Methods for comparative analyses of multi-level water governance regimes
14:15:00 Session Five | Methodological challenges and advances
14:30:00 Session Five | Requirements for transferability of insights
14:45:00 Session Five | Frameworks (ontologies) for representation of the water system in water governance analyses
15:00:00 Video Conference - Shared ontologies for the representation of social-ecological systems from local to global levels Elinor Ostrom
15:15:00 Institutional economics of water | cross-country analyses of water governance regimes and their performance Maria Saleth
15:30:00 Systematically comparing ‘thick’ multi-level cases of water governance regimes: the potential of Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) Benoit Rihoux
Thursday, June 9, 2011
08:00:00 Session Six | Water governance addressing the environmental dimension
08:30:00 Session Six | Addressing the environment in legal frameworks
09:00:00 Session Six | Water as a human right - right to water for nature?
09:30:00 Session Six | Requirements for governing use and preservation of ecosystem services
10:00:00 Session Six | Threshold effects in socio-ecological systems
11:00:00 Water as a human right - right to water for nature? Lyla Mehta
11:30:00 Water management and ecosystem services, ecosystem restoration and conflicts
12:00:00 Evaluation of sustainable water governance and ecosystem services Paula Antunes
13:00:00 Session Seven | Legitimacy and multi-level governance | lessons for the water column
13:15:00 Session Seven | Discuss the effectiveness of international multi-level water governance and how to improve it
13:30:00 Session Seven | Reflect on strategies to enhance the legitimacy and effectiveness of international multi-level water governance
13:45:00 Session Seven | Taking into account lessons from other sectors
14:00:00 Roundtable participant discussions with contributions from the following panel rapporteurs William Cosgrove, Josefina Maestu, Roger A. Pielke
15:00:00 Concluding remarks and closing of conference Claudia Pahl-Wostl
Friday, June 10, 2011
08:00:00 Breakfast and departure
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