Adaptation to Climate Change Through Water Resources Management: Capacity, Equity and Sustainability (Earthscan Studies in Water Resource Management)

Adaptation to Climate Change Through Water Resources Management: Capacity, Equity and Sustainability (Earthscan Studies in Water Resource Management)

By: Dominic Stucker (editor), Elena Lopez-Gunn (editor)Hardback

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The impacts of human-induced climate change are largely mediated by water, such as alterations in precipitation and glacial melt patterns, variations in river flow, increased occurrence of droughts and floods, and sea level rise in densely populated coastal areas. Such phenomena impact both urban and rural communities in developed, emerging, and developing countries. Taking a systems approach, this book analyzes evidence from 26 countries and identifies common barriers and bridges for local adaptation to climate change through water resources management. It includes a global set of case studies from places experiencing increased environmental and social pressure due to population growth, development and migration, including in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America. All chapters consider the crosscutting themes of adaptive capacity, equity, and sustainability. These point to resilient water allocation policies and practices that are capable of protecting social and environmental interests, whilst ensuring the efficient use of an often-scarce resource.

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Dominic Stucker is Senior Project Manager at the Collective Leadership Institute in Germany. He is an action-oriented collaborator who convenes diverse teams to address complex sustainability challenges. Dominic specializes in water, climate change, livelihoods and Central Asia, having published with Earthscan/Routledge, MIT Press and academic journals. Elena Lopez-Gunn is Director of ICATALIST, specialized in knowledge brokerage in the areas of water resources, adaptation and social innovation. She is also an Associate Professor at IE Business School, Spain, working on projects for FAO and for a Spanish energy company. Previously, Elena was a Senior Research Fellow at the Water Observatory at the Botin Foundation, Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a Fellow at the London School of Economics.


1. Introduction to Adaptation to Climate Change through Water Resources Management: A Systems Approach Elena Lopez-Gunn and Dominic Stucker Part 1: Responding to Extremes 2. Drought and Water Scarcity: Discourses and Competing Water Demands in the Context of Climate Change in Arid Sonora, Mexico Katherine Curl, Carolina Neri and Christopher Scott 3. Adaptation to Climate Change-exacerbated Water Scarcity, Droughts, and Flashfloods: The Khojabakirgansai, a Small Transboundary Tributary of the Syr Darya in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan Dominic Stucker, Jusipbek Kazbekov, Murat Yakubov and Kai Wegerich 4. Climate Change and Floods along the Brahmaputra: Migration Factors in Bangladesh Robert Stojanov, Barbora Duzi and Jiri Jakubinsky 5. Farmers' Perceptions of and Responses to Annual Flood Events in the Vietnamese Mekong River Delta: Adapting to Climate Change Impacts Van Kien Nguyen and Kim Alexander 6 Adapting Water Resources Management to Drought and Water Scarcity in Australia's Murray-Darling Basin: Impacts and Legacies of 'The Big Dry' Samantha J. Capon Part 2: Adapting Livelihoods 7. Water Management Institutionalization in the Argentinean Pampas: A Shift from Rain-fed to Groundwater Irrigated Agriculture in the Context of Climate Change Constanza Riera 8. Water for Rice Farming and Biodiversity: Exploring Choices for Adaptation to Climate Change in Donana, Southern Spain Lucia De Stefano, Nuria Hernandez-Mora, Ana Iglesias and Berta Sanchez 9. Local Perceptions of Climate Change and its Impacts on Indigenous Fruit Trees: Water, Adaptation and Sustainability in Benin Belarmain Fandohan and Aida Cuni Sanchez 10. Climate Change Adaptation and Water in Semi-arid Regions: A Case Study of the Limpopo River Basin, Southern Africa Stanley T. Mubako and Nazia Mintz-Habib Part 3: Ensuring Equity 11. Whitewashing Indigenous Water Rights in Canada: How can we Indigenize Climate Change Adaptation if we Ignore the Fundamentals? Heather Castleden and Emily Skinner 12. Equity Matters: Introducing the Capabilities Approach in Adaptation to Climate Change in River Basins in Ghana and Peru Annelieke Douma, Danielle Hirsch, Ken Kinney, and Ralph Lasage 13. Climate Change Impacts on Housing and Property Rights in Nigeria and Panama: Toward a Rights-based Approach to Adaptation and Mitigation Idowu Ajibade and Damilola Olawuyi 14. Climate Change and Transboundary Initiatives in the Jordan River Basin: Can Civil Society Show the Way? Lucy Michaels 15. State Fragility and Adaptation to Climate Change in Water Scarce Areas: A Case Study of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan Humaira Daniel and Zahid Ahmed Part 4: Planning for Adaptation 16. Barriers and Aids to Developing Adaptive Capacity in the Water Sector: South Florida Water Management Case Study Jessica Bolson and Galen Treuer 17. Adopting the Framework of River Basin Planning for Climate Change Adaptation in Spain Elisa Vargas, Elena Lopez-Gunn, Gema Huelva and Teodoro Estrela 18. The Discursive Framing of Climate Threats and Opportunities in the Netherlands' Water Sector Arwin van Buuren and Jeroen Warner 19. Irrigation Water Conservation and Market-based Approaches: Balancing Agricultural and Urban Water Demands in the Face of Climate Change in Jordan's Azraq Basin Raed Al-Tabini, Octavio A. Ramirez, Richard Phillips and Frank A. Ward Part 5: Conclusion 20. Barriers and Bridges to Adaptation to Climate Change through Water Resources Management: A Synthesis Dominic Stucker and Elena Lopez-Gunn

Product Details

  • publication date: 21/08/2014
  • ISBN13: 9780415635936
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 482
  • ID: 9780415635936
  • weight: 861
  • ISBN10: 0415635934

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