Old forms of governance in both public and private sectors are becoming increasingly irrelevant because of rapidly changing conditions. Because of these changes, both governance processes and the scope of the institutions through which power is exercised throughout society may have to undergo a radical break with the past and prevailing models of governance. Water sector is an integral part of the global system. Consequently, its governance processes and the institutions responsible for its management must change as well in order to cope with the current challenges and potential future changes. Because of these current and future changes, water governance may have to change more during the next 20 years compared to the past 2000 years, if societal expectations are to be successfully met. All these changes will make water governance more complex than ever before witnessed in human history. Improving water governance will require good and objective analyses of case studies from different parts of the world as to what has worked, why and the enabling environments under which good governance has been possible.
The present volume analyses case studies of good water governance from different parts of the world, and for different water use sectors. It concludes with an analysis of the critical issues that should be considered for water governance and a priority research agenda for improving water governance in the future.
This book was published as a special issue of the International Journal of Water Resources Development.
Table of Contents
1. Future Water Governance: Problems and Perspectives Asit K. Biswas and Cecilia Tortajada 2. Water Governance in the Middle East and North Africa: An Unfinished Agenda Eglal Rached and David B. Brooks 3. Water Supply of Phnom Penh: An Example of Good Governance Asit K. Biswas and Cecilia Tortajada 4. Service Quality and Performance Measurement: Evidence from the Indian Water Sector Surender Kumar and Shunsuke Managi 5. Municipal Water Supply Management in Bangkok: Achievements and Lessons Mukand S. Babel, Aldrin A. Rivas and Seetharam Kallidaikurichi 6. Is Access to Water as Good as the Data Claim? Case Study of Yucatan Jorge Guardiola, Francisco González-Gómez and Ángel Lendechy Grajales 7. Challenges for Water Governance in Rural Water Supply: Lessons Learned from Tanzania A. Jiménez and A. Pérez-Foguet 8. Governing to Grow Enough Food without Enough Water—Second Best Solutions Show the Way David Molden, Jonathan Lautze, Tushaar Shah, Dong Bin, Mark Giordano and Luke Sanford 9. Irrigation Modernization in Spain: Effects on Water Quantity and Quality—A Conceptual Approach S. Lecina, D. Isidoro, E. Playán and R. Aragüés 10. A Spatial Planning Perspective for Measures Concerning Flood Risk Management J. M. M. Neuvel and W. van der Knaap 11. Water Governance: Some Critical Issues Cecilia Tortajada 12. Water Governance: A Research Agenda Cecilia Tortajada
Asit K. Biswas is President of the Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico; and Distinguished Visiting Professor of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore.
Cecilia Tortajada is Scientific Director at the International Centre for Water and Environment, Zaragoza; and Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore.