1st Edition

Water Governance and Collective Action Multi-scale Challenges

Edited By Diana Suhardiman, Alan Nicol, Everisto Mapedza Copyright 2017
    202 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    202 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Collective Action is now recognized as central to addressing the water governance challenge of delivering sustainable development and global environmental benefits. This book examines concepts and practices of collective action that have emerged in recent decades globally. Building on a Foucauldian conception of power, it provides an overview of collective action challenges involved in the sustainable management and development of global freshwater resources through case studies from Africa, South and Southeast Asia and Latin America.

    The case studies link community-based management of water resources with national decision-making landscapes, transboundary water governance, and global policy discussion on sustainable development, justice and water security. Power and politics are placed at the centre of collective action and water governance discourse, while addressing three core questions: how is collective action shaped by existing power structures and relationships at different scales? What are the kinds of tools and approaches that various actors can take and adopt towards more deliberative processes for collective action? And what are the anticipated outcomes for development processes, the environment and the global resource base of achieving collective action across scales?

    1. Introduction

    Diana Suhardiman, Alan Nicol, Everisto Mapedza

    2. Power and Politics in Water Governance: Revisiting the Role of Collective Action in the Commons

    Diana Suhardiman, Louis Lebel, Alan Nicol, Theresa Wong

    3. The Collective is Political: Lessons from the Nile Basin Initiative

    Alan Nicol

    4. Grassroots Scalar Politics in the Peruvian Andes: Mobilising Allies to Defend Community Waters in the Upper Pampas Watershed

    Andres Verzijl, Jaime Hoogesteger, Rutgerd Boelens

    5. Hydro-Hegemony or Water Security Community? Collective Action, Cooperation and Conflict in the SADC Transboundary Security Complex

    Richard Meissner and Jeroen Warner

    6. Place Attachment and Community Resistance: Evidence from the Cheay Areng and Lower Sesan 2 Dams in Cambodia

    Oliver Hensengerth

    7. Politics of Knowledge and Collective Action in Health Impact Assessment in Thailand: The Experience of Khao Hinsorn Community

    Carl Middleton, Somporn Pengkham, Areeya Tivasuradej

    8. Agricultural Water Management in Matrilineal Societies of Malawi: Land Ownership and Implications for Collective Action

    Everisto Mapedza, Emelder Tagutanazvo, Barbara van Koppen, Christopher Manyamba

    9. Collective Action, Community and the Peasant Economy in Andean Highland Water Control

    Rutgerd Boelens and Jaime Hoogesteger

    10. Collective Action and Governance Challenges in the Tonle Sap Great Lake, Cambodia

    Sanjiv de Silva, Kim Miratori, Ram C Bastakoti, Blake D Ratner

    11. Goldmining, Dispossessing the Commons, and Multi-Scalar Responses: The Case of Cerro de San Pedro, Mexico

    Didi Stoltenborg and Rutgerd Boelens

    12. Key Constraints and Collective Action Challenges for Groundwater Governance in the Eastern Gangetic Plains

    Ram C Bastakoti, Fraser Sugden, Manita Raut, Surendra Shrestha

    13. Stakeholder Perspectives on Transboundary Water Cooperation in the Indus River Basin

    Muhammad Azeem Ali Shah and Panchali Saikia

    14. Reimagining South Asia: Hopes for an Indus Basin Network

    Medha Bisht

    15. Structure, Agency, and Challenges for Inclusive Water Governance at Basin Scale: Comparing Mekong with the Nile

    Everisto Mapedza, Diana Suhardiman, Alan Nicol

    16. Synthesis: Power, Alliances and Pathways for Collective Action

    Diana Suhardiman, Alan Nicol, Everisto Mapedza


    Diana Suhardiman is a Senior Researcher and Leader of the Research Group Governance and Gender, at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), based in Vientiane, Lao PDR.

    Alan Nicol is a Principal Researcher and Leader of the Strategic Program Sustainable Growth, at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  

    Everisto Mapedza is a Senior Researcher and Institutional Scientist, at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), based in Accra, Ghana.