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Water Security in Times of Climate Change and Intractability: Reconciling Conflict by Transforming Security Concerns into Equity Concerns
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala Centre for Sustainable Development, CSD Uppsala. Univ Sunshine Coast, Sustainabil Res Ctr, Sippy Downs, Qld 4558, Australia..
SEI, S-11523 Stockholm, Sweden..
Univ York, Stockholm Environm Inst, York YO10 5NG, N Yorkshire, England..
Swedish Univ Agr Sci, Dept Urban & Rural Dev, S-75007 Uppsala, Sweden..
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2017 (English)In: Water, ISSN 2073-4441, E-ISSN 2073-4441, Vol. 9, no 12, article id 934Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper considers how to achieve equitable water governance and the flow-on effects it has in terms of supporting sustainable development, drawing on case studies from the international climate change adaptation and governance project (CADWAGO). Water governance, like many other global issues, is becoming increasingly intractable (wicked) with climate change and is, by the international community, being linked to instances of threats to human security, the war in the Sudanese Darfur and more recently the acts of terrorism perpetuated by ISIS. In this paper, we ask the question: how can situations characterized by water controversy (exacerbated by the uncertainties posed by climate change) be reconciled? The main argument is based on a critique of the way the water security discourse appropriates expert (normal) claims about human-biophysical relationships. When water challenges become increasingly securitized by the climate change discourse it becomes permissible to enact processes that legitimately transgress normative positions through post-normal actions. In contrast, the water equity discourse offers an alternative reading of wicked and post-normal water governance situations. We contend that by infusing norm critical considerations into the process of securitization, new sub-national constellations of agents will be empowered to enact changes; thereby bypassing vicious cycles of power brokering that characterize contemporary processes intended to address controversies.

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MDPI AG , 2017. Vol. 9, no 12, article id 934
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water equity, water conflict, securitization, climate change, governance, wicked problems
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Oceanography, Hydrology and Water Resources
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-340478DOI: 10.3390/w9120934ISI: 000419225500029OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-340478DiVA, id: diva2:1178915
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