Adaptation to Climate Change through Water Resources Management
Capacity, Equity and Sustainability
Edited by Dominic Stucker, Elena Lopez-Gunn
Routledge – 2014 – 416 pages
The impacts of human-induced climate change are largely mediated by water, such as alterations in precipitation and glacial melt patterns, variations in river flow, increased occurrence of droughts and floods, and sea level rise in densely populated coastal areas. Such phenomena impact both urban and rural communities in developed, emerging, and developing countries.
Taking a systems approach, this book analyzes evidence from 26 countries and identifies common barriers and bridges for local adaptation to climate change through water resources management. It includes a global set of case studies from places experiencing increased environmental and social pressure due to population growth, development and migration, including Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America and Australia.
All chapters consider the crosscutting themes of adaptive capacity, equity, and sustainability. These point to resilient water allocation policies and practices that are capable of protecting social and environmental interests, whilst ensuring the efficient use of an often-scarce resource.
1. An Introduction to Adaptation to Climate Change through Water Resources Management
Elena Lopez-Gunn and Dominic Stucker
Part 1: Responding to Extremes
2. Drought and Water Scarcity: Discourses and Competing Water Demands in the Context of Climate Change in Arid Sonora, Mexico
Katherine Curl, Carolina Neri and Christopher Scott
3. Adaptation to Climate Change-exacerbated Water Scarcity, Droughts, and Flashfloods: The Khojabakirgansai, a Small Transboundary Tributary of the Syr Darya in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
Dominic Stucker, Jusipbek Kazbekov, Murat Yakubov and Kai Wegerich
4. Climate Change and Floods along the Brahmaputra: Migration Factors in Bangladesh
Robert Stojanov, Barbora Duží and Jiří Jakubínský
5. Farmers’ Perceptions of and Responses to Annual Flood Events in the Vietnamese Mekong River Delta: Adapting to Climate Change Impacts
Van Kien Nguyen and Kim Alexander
6 Adapting Water Resources Management to Drought and Water Scarcity in Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin: Impacts and Legacies of ‘The Big Dry’
Samantha J. Capon
Part 2: Adapting Livelihoods
7. Water Management Institutionalization in the Argentinean Pampas: A Shift from Rain-fed to Groundwater Irrigated Agriculture in the Context of Climate Change
8. Water for Rice Farming and Biodiversity: Exploring Choices for Adaptation to Climate Change in Donana, Southern Spain
Lucia De Stefano, Nuria Hernández-Mora, Ana Iglesias and Berta Sánchez
9. Local Perceptions of Climate Change and its Impacts on Indigenous Fruit Trees: Water, Adaptation and Sustainability in Benin
Belarmain Fandohan and Aida Cuni Sanchez
10. Climate Change Adaptation and Water in Semi-arid Regions: A Case Study of the Limpopo River Basin, Southern Africa
Stanley T. Mubako and Nazia Mintz-Habib
Part 3: Ensuring Equity
11. Whitewashing Indigenous Water Rights in Canada: How can we Indigenize Climate Change Adaptation in Canada if we Ignore the Fundamentals?
Heather Castleden and Emily Skinner
12. Equity Matters: Introducing the Capabilities Approach in Adaptation to Climate Change in River Basins in Ghana and Peru
Annelieke Douma, Danielle Hirsch, Ken Kinney, and Ralph Lasage
13. Climate Change Impacts on Housing and Property Rights in Nigeria and Panama: Toward a Rights-based Approach to Adaptation and Mitigation
Idowu Ajibade and Damilola Olawuyi
14. Climate Change and Transboundary Initiatives in the Jordan River Basin: Can Civil Society Show the Way?
15. State Fragility and Adaptation to Climate Change in Water Scarce Areas: A Case Study of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan
Humaira Daniel and Zahid Ahmed
Part 4: Planning for Adaptation
16. Barriers and Aids to Developing Adaptive Capacity in the Water Sector: South Florida Water Management Case Study
Jessica Bolson and Galen Treuer
17. Adopting the Framework of River Basin Planning for Climate Change Adaptation in Spain
Elisa Vargas, Elena Lopez-Gunn, Gema Huelva and Teodoro Estrela
18. The Discursive Framing of Climate Threats and Opportunities in the Netherlands’ Water Sector
Arwin van Buuren and Jeroen Warner
19. Irrigation Water Conservation and Market-based Approaches: Balancing Agricultural and Urban Water Demands in the Face of Climate Change in Jordan’s Azraq Basin
Raed Al Tabini, Octavio A. Ramirez, Richard Phillips and Frank A. Ward
Part 5: Conclusion
20. Barriers and Bridges to Adaptation to Climate Change through Water Resources Management: A Synthesis
Dominic Stucker and Elena Lopez-Gunn
Dominic Stucker is Co-Founder and Programs Manager at Sustainability Leaders Network and researcher and consultant in natural resources, climate change and capacity building. His partners and clients have included the International Water Management Institute, Oxfam, LEAD International and UNICEF.
Elena Lopez-Gunn is currently leading a small consultancy, I-CATALIST, specialised in knowledge brokerage and management. She is also an Associate Professor at IE Business School and is working on projects for FAO and for a Spanish energy company. Previously, Elena was a Senior Research Fellow at the Water Observatory at the Botin Foundation, Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a Fellow at the London School of Economics.