Legal Perspectives on Bridging Science and Policy deals with the interaction of science and policy from a legal perspective.
Expert contributors outline the role of law in water management and suggest solutions to make laws flexible and adaptive to changes in scientific knowledge and environmental, social and economic conditions. Each chapter addresses the topic with a different focus and offers an in-depth analysis of legal challenges related to the creation of interdisciplinary bridges, clarifying how science may be assimilated into decision-making processes and can thereby contribute to build evidence-based policies.
Legal Perspectives on Bridging Science and Policy will be of great interest to scholars of water law, water governance and environmental law. The book was originally published in the journal Water International, following the XVI World Water Congress of the International Water Resources Association (IWRA) (2017).
Introduction: Bridging science and policy: legal perspectives
Mara Tignino, Raya Marina Stephan, Renée Martin-Nagle and Owen McIntyre
1. The future of domestic water law: trends and developments revisited, and where reform is headed
2. The adaptation potential of water law in Canada: changing existing water use entitlements
3. Proof of sufficient water resources as a prerequisite for the authorization of new urban developments: the Spanish model
Roberto O. Bustillo Bolado and Laura Movilla Pateiro
4. Understanding water disputes in Chile with text and data mining tools
Mauricio Herrera, Cristian Candia, Diego Rivera, Douglas Aitken, Daniel Brieba, Camila Boettiger, Guillermo Donoso and Alex Godoy-Faúndez
5. Bringing back ecological flows: migratory fish, hydropower and legal maladaptivity in the governance of Finnish rivers
Niko Soininen, Antti Belinskij, Anssi Vainikka and Hannu Huuskonen
6. Forestry management and water law: comparing Ecuador and Arizona
Andrés Martínez Moscoso and Rhett Larson
7. Factors identifying aquifers with a high probability of management success
Eric L. Garner
8. The evolving framework for transboundary cooperation in the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System
Most of the world’s water problems, and their solutions, are directly related to policies and governance, both specific to water and in general. Two of the world’s leading journals in this area, the International Journal of Water Resources Development (sponsored by the Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico) and Water International (the official journal of the International Water Resources Association), contribute to this special issues series, aimed at disseminating new knowledge on the policy and governance of water resources to a very broad and diverse readership all over the world. The series should be of direct interest to all policy makers, professionals and lay readers concerned with obtaining the latest perspectives on addressing the world’s many water issues.