Chapter 6: Water security, systemic risks and adaptive water governance and management
Enhancing water security in an increasingly uncertain and complex world requires water governance and management systems to perform under conditions of irreducible uncertainty and surprise. Increasingly water security is approached from a risk based perspective and claims for need for action are numerous. The chapter analyses the historical development of governance and management of risks to enhance water security. It elaborates on drawbacks of risk management approaches based on a prediction and control and dealing with individual risks in isolation. The chapter concludes by highlighting the need for a reframing towards a systemic perspective on risk and for a transition towards integrative and adaptive governance and management systems.
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