This book addresses groundwater governance, a subject internationally recognized as crucial and topical for enhancing and safeguarding the benefits of groundwater and groundwater-dependent ecosystems to humanity, while ensuring water and food security under global change.
The multiple and complex dimensions of groundwater governance are captured in 28 chapters, written by a team of leading experts from different parts of the world and with a variety of relevant professional backgrounds. The book aims to describe the state-of-the-art and latest developments regarding each of the themes addressed, paying attention to the wide variation of conditions observed around the globe.
The book consists of four parts. The first part sets the stage by defining groundwater governance, exploring its emergence and evolution, framing it through a socio-ecological lens and describing groundwater policy and planning approaches. The second part discusses selected key aspects of groundwater governance. The third part zooms in on the increasingly important linkages between groundwater and other resources or sectors, and between local groundwater systems and phenomena or actions at the international or even global level. The fourth part, finally, presents a number of interesting case studies that illustrate contemporary practice in groundwater governance.
In one volume, this highly accessible text not only familiarizes water professionals, decision-makers and local stakeholders with groundwater governance, but also provides them with ideas and inspiration for improving groundwater governance in their own environment.
"[…] the book’s team has done a commendable job in wrapping up existing knowledge, broadening the discussion further and delineating gaps. The book will undoubtedly contribute to raising the much-needed awareness for groundwater governance and boosting its implementation.
Recommended to those interested in the fascinating and complex topic of groundwater governance, particularly researchers, several chapters provide a wealth of synthesized information that can also serve as a useful source for academia.
From the practical standpoint, professionals and practitioners aiming to address groundwater governance issues where political will for doing so exists should be able to find pragmatic solutions informed by the specific contexts of the concerned groundwater systems. The solutions - often reached through dialogue with stakeholders and their engagement - should target the materialization of improved governance as a dynamic process. Examples of such successful solutions are given; additionally, the book provides case studies that illustrate numerous options for improving groundwater governance in a given context, as examples of how the launch of the dynamic process can be facilitated."
Dr. Mohamed Bazza, formerly Senior Water Resources Officer at FAO.
"Through 28 chapters, in the first book on this topic, Villholth et al. (2017) successfully capture the moment and momentum of groundwater governance research from concepts to application to synergies to international case studies.
[…….] Being interested in both policy and science, we found the book an enjoyable read, with some new-to-us terminology such as hydro-schizophrenia (something we are familiar with in Texas), ISD (invisible, slow, distributed), water endowment, groan zone, and hydro-hegemony.
[…….] But quibbles aside, this book is a great – and thorough – introduction to groundwater governance […..]"
Robert E. Mace and Todd H. Votteler, in: Groundwater, Vol 57, No. 2, March-April 2019
Part 1: Setting the scene
1 Groundwater governance: rationale, definition, current state and heuristic framework
Karen G. Villholth & Kirstin I. Conti
2 Emergence and evolution of groundwater management and governance
Marco García, Ebel Smidt & Jacobus J. de Vries
3 Understanding groundwater governance through a social ecological system framework – relevance and limits
Marta Rica, Olivier Petit & Elena López-Gunn
4 Groundwater management: policy principles & planning practices
Stephen Foster & John Chilton
Part 2: Key elements of groundwater governance
5 Leadership and political will for groundwater governance: indispensable for meeting the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Alfred M. Duda
6 Legal principles and legal frameworks related to groundwater
7 Participation of stakeholders and citizens in groundwater management: the role of collective action
Zachary Sugg & Edella Schlager
8 Economic instruments, behaviour and incentives in groundwater management
Phoebe Koundouri, Ebun Akinsete, Nikolaos Englezos, Xanti I. Kartala, Ioannis Souliotis & Josef Adler
9 Cooperation and conflict resolution in groundwater and aquifer management
W. Todd Jarvis
10 Data, information, knowledge and diagnostics on groundwater
Jac van der Gun
11 Education and capacity development for groundwater resources management
Viviana Re & Bruce Misstear
12 Groundwater governance – impact of awareness-raising and citizen pressure on groundwater management authority in the United States
13 Assessing and monitoring groundwater governance
Aziza Akhmouch & Delphine Clavreul
Part 3: Integration and policy linkages beyond the local groundwater system
14 Groundwater governance for poverty eradication, social equity and health
Sean G. Furey
15 Managing energy-irrigation nexus: insights from Karnataka and Punjab states in India
16 Steps towards groundwater-sensitive land use governance and management practices
Daniel A. Wiegant & Frank van Steenbergen
17 Linking groundwater and surface water: conjunctive water management
Richard S. Evans & Peter Dillon
18 Global food and trade dimensions of groundwater governance
Arjen Y. Hoekstra
19 Governance and management of transboundary aquifers
Shaminder Puri & Karen G. Villholth
20 Governing extractable subsurface resources and subsurface space
Jac van der Gun & Emilio Custodio
Part 4: Cases
21 Groundwater governance in the Great Artesian Basin, Australia
Rien A. Habermehl
22 Institutions and policies governing groundwater development, use and management in the Indo-Gangetic Plains of India
M. Dinesh Kumar
23 Groundwater governance in the European Union, its history and its legislation: an enlightening example of groundwater governance
Jean Fried, Philippe Quevauviller & Elisa Vargas Amelin
24 Groundwater governance in the United States: a mosaic of approaches
Sharon B. Megdal, Adriana Zuniga Teran, Robert G. Varady, Nathaniel Delano, Andrea K. Gerlak & Ethan T. Vimont
25 Turning the tide – curbing groundwater over-abstraction in the Tosca-Molopo area, South Africa
Paul Seward & Gabriel Stephanus du Toit van Dyk
26 Governing groundwater in the Middle East and North Africa Region
François Molle, Alvar Closas & Waleed Al-Zubari
27 Perspectives on Guarani Aquifer Governance
28 Groundwater governance in São Paulo and Mexico metropolitan areas: some comparative lessons learnt
Ricardo Hirata & Oscar Escolero