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Governance of a Complex System : Water

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dc.contributor.author Eppel, Elizabeth
dc.date.accessioned 2019-05-13T01:08:28Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-07-12T02:27:54Z
dc.date.available 2019-05-13T01:08:28Z
dc.date.available 2022-07-12T02:27:54Z
dc.date.copyright 2014
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/20937
dc.description.abstract Fresh water is a life-enabling resource as well as the source of spiritual, social and economic wellbeing and development. It is continuously renewed by the Earth’s natural recycling systems using heat from the sun to evaporate and purify, and then rain to replenish supplies. For thousands of years people have benefited from these systems with little concern for their ability to keep up with human population and economic development. Rapid increases in population and economic activity have brought concern for how these systems interact with human social and economic systems to centre stage this century in the guise of a focus on water governance. What do we mean by governance and how might we better understand our water governance systems to ensure their ongoing sustainability? This paper sets out a complex adaptive systems view of water governance. It draws on the academic literature on effective governance of complex systems and effective water governance to identify some principles for use in water governance in New Zealand. It illustrates aspects of emerging water governance practice with some examples from New Zealand which have employed a multi-actor, collaborative governance approach. The paper concludes with some implications for the future evolution of effective water governance in New Zealand. Collaborative governance processes are relatively unfamiliar to New Zealand citizens, politicians and other policy actors which makes it more important that we study and learn from early examples of the use of this mode of governance. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofseries Institute for Governance and Policy Studies: Working Papers 14/01 en_NZ
dc.subject Cooperation en_NZ
dc.subject Consensus (Social sciences) en_NZ
dc.subject Fresh water en_NZ
dc.subject Sustainability en_NZ
dc.title Governance of a Complex System : Water en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit Institute for Governance and Policy Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 160599 Policy and Administration not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Working or Occasional Paper en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcforV2 440799 Policy and administration not elsewhere classified en_NZ
dc.rights.rightsholder https://www.victoria.ac.nz/igps en_NZ

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