Handbook on Water Security
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Handbook on Water Security

Edited by Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Anik Bhaduri and Joyeeta Gupta

Water security has received increasing attention in the scientific and policy community in recent years. This Handbook covers the wide range of perspectives required to understand water security as a concept guiding water governance and management at different levels and in different regions. It reflects on past, present and future challenges to water security and strategies on how to overcome them. An invaluable resource for scientific scholars, it will also appeal policymakers and practitioners interested in a deeper understanding of this important concept.
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Chapter 3: Water security: past, present and future of a controversial concept

Janos Bogardi, Úrsula Oswald Spring and Hans Günter Brauch


While food, energy and health security have been used by international organizations (FAO, IEA, WHO) since the 1970s, the water security concept has been discussed by the water community only since 2000. With the reconceptualization of security since the end of the Cold War, water security has been considered in the context of national, international and human security. This chapter analyses the origin and evolution of the water security concept in the framework of different social science theories on security, including the securitization discourse. Water security is compared with other sectoral security concepts including the water, energy and food security nexus. Water security is also being examined as a human security and sustainability issue with different operational linkages. However, the securitization of water remains ambiguous if no extraordinary measures are taken by policymakers. Whether water security may serve as a guiding principle for water governance and management remains uncertain.

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