Water security: Debating an emerging paradigm

Cook, C. and Bakker, K. (2012) Water security: Debating an emerging paradigm. Global Environmental Change, 22 (1). pp. 94-102.

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This paper presents a comprehensive review of the concept of water security, including both academic and policy literatures. The analysis indicates that the use of the term water security has increased significantly in the past decade, across multiple disciplines. The paper presents a comparison of definitions of, and analytical approaches to, water security across the natural and social sciences, which indicates that distinct, and at times incommensurable, methods and scales of analysis are being used. We consider the advantages and disadvantages of narrow versus broad and integrative framings of water security, and explore their utility with reference to integrated water resources management. In conclusion, we argue that an integrative approach to water security brings issues of good governance to the fore, and thus holds promise as a new approach to water management.

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Additional Information: This research has been made possible through grants from the Canadian Water Network (CWN), the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and the British Columbia Ministry of Environment. We thank Eric Leinberger for preparing the figures and tables and Alice Cohen for her insightful review. In addition, we thank two anonymous reviewers for their thoughtful comments and careful questioning of the paper.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Water security; Water management; Water governance; Integrated water resources management
Author Affiliation: Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia, 2202 Main Mall, 4th Floor AERL, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4
Subjects: Agricultural Engineering
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 14 May 2012 08:30
Last Modified: 14 May 2012 08:30
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2011.10.011
URI: http://eprints.icrisat.ac.in/id/eprint/5305

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