Opportunities and barriers for water co-governance-A critical analysis of seven cases of diffuse water pollution from agriculture in Europe, Australia and North America

Morten Graversgaard, Beatrice Hedelin, Laurence Smith, Flemming Gertz, Anker Lajer Højberg, John Langford, Grit Martinez, Erik Mostert, Emilia Ptak, Heidi Peterson, Nico Stelljes, Cors van den Brink, Jens Christian Refsgaard

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Abstract

Diffuse Water Pollution from Agriculture (DWPA) and its governance has received increased attention as a policy concern across the globe. Mitigation of DWPA is a complex problem that requires a mix of policy instruments and a multi-agency, broad societal response. In this paper, opportunities and barriers for developing co-governance, defined as collaborative societal involvement in the functions of government, and its suitability for mitigation of DWPA are reviewed using seven case studies in Europe (Poland, Denmark, Sweden, The Netherlands and UK), Australia (Murray-Darling Basin) and North America (State of Minnesota). An analytical framework for assessing opportunities and barriers of co-governance was developed and applied in this review. Results indicated that five key issues constitute both opportunities and barriers, and include: (i) pressure for change; (ii) connected governance structures and allocation of resources and funding; (iii) leadership and establishment of partnerships through capacity building; (iv) use and co-production of knowledge; and (v) time commitment to develop water co-governance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1634
Number of pages39
JournalSustainability
Volume10
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2018

Keywords

  • Collaborative governance
  • Decentralized decision-making
  • Non-point source pollution
  • Nutrient management
  • Water governance

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 2: Water Resources

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