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Boundary work for collaborative water resources management : conceptual and empirical insights from a South African case study

  • Water is a basis for life and ecosystem health. And water, especially in regions affected by water scarcity, is a highly contested and politicised natural resource. The state-of-the-art in sustainable water resources management requires collaborative approaches that foster the integration of conflicting interests of multiple stakeholders. Achieving integration in complex and contested real life situations however remains a major challenge. Boundary work can facilitate this ambitious goal. This study evolves boundary work science to improve collaboration in the water sector. It develops a framework for boundary work that enables understanding, structuring and approaching barriers for collaborative water resources management. A case studyWater is a basis for life and ecosystem health. And water, especially in regions affected by water scarcity, is a highly contested and politicised natural resource. The state-of-the-art in sustainable water resources management requires collaborative approaches that foster the integration of conflicting interests of multiple stakeholders. Achieving integration in complex and contested real life situations however remains a major challenge. Boundary work can facilitate this ambitious goal. This study evolves boundary work science to improve collaboration in the water sector. It develops a framework for boundary work that enables understanding, structuring and approaching barriers for collaborative water resources management. A case study from the Garden Route region, South Africa gives a grounded basis for the conceptual developments and further provides in-depth insights into reasons and obstacles for collaborative water resources management in a contested local case. The case study serves both: An intrinsic analysis of a conflictive case, and conceptual developments to the boundary work framework - tested against local realities.show moreshow less

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Metadaten
Document Type:Doctoral Thesis
Author:Esther Dörendahl
URN (citable link):https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:hbz:6-38229604351
University:Universität
Place of University:Münster
Publisher:Monsenstein und Vannerdat
Place of Publication:Münster
Year of Publication:2015
Pagenumber:272
Series Title (English):Wissenschaftliche Schriften der WWU Münster / Reihe XVII
Volume:2
ISBN:978-3-8405-0131-9
Language:English
Division:Zukünftige Energie- und Mobilitätsstrukturen
Dewey Decimal Classification:550 Geowissenschaften