Resilience and Governance   Analysing  water governance in coupled social-ecological systems Mathias Polak and Stefan Lieh...
The Social-Ecological System of the Cuvelai-Etosha Basin <ul><li>traditionally a strong coupling of diverse livelihood str...
Social-Ecological System in Transition  <ul><li>Political changes </li></ul><ul><li>Decentralisation, community management...
Resilience in Social-Ecological Systems I <ul><li>ability of a system to cope with change and the capacity to absorb shock...
Resilience in Social-Ecological Systems II <ul><li>resilience as maintaining options, vulnerability as loss of alternative...
Learning Governance <ul><li>Social learning: a dominant approach is substituted by another, changes in relevant societal n...
Resilience and Governance I <ul><li>govenance structures that monitor, detect and respond to signals of change </li></ul><...
Resilience and Governance II <ul><li>Polycentric and multilayered structures </li></ul><ul><ul><li>opposite to top-down st...
Resilience and Governance III <ul><li>Governance structures that foster resilience need to: </li></ul><ul><li>acknowledge ...
Collective Action and Individual Interests <ul><li>Political processes are determined by:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>structura...
Research Questions  <ul><li>How will decentralisation policy influence communication structures and participation? (formal...
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  1. 1. Resilience and Governance Analysing water governance in coupled social-ecological systems Mathias Polak and Stefan Liehr CuveWaters. Integrated Water Resources Management in North-Central Namibia ( www.cuvewaters.net ) Water in Africa. Hydro-Pessimism or Hydro-Optimism? Porto, 02.-03.10.2008
  2. 2. The Social-Ecological System of the Cuvelai-Etosha Basin <ul><li>traditionally a strong coupling of diverse livelihood strategies and variable natural conditions </li></ul><ul><li>people have a broad knowledge about adaptation (activites, norms, customs) </li></ul><ul><li>functioning of livelihood depends on natural system (social-ecological system) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Social-Ecological System in Transition <ul><li>Political changes </li></ul><ul><li>Decentralisation, community management, participation </li></ul><ul><li>Parallelism between TA and newly established institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Economic transition </li></ul><ul><li>Diversification of livelihood strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Increased mobility </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental change </li></ul><ul><li>Climate change </li></ul><ul><li>Other factors </li></ul><ul><li>Population growth </li></ul><ul><li>Transboundary situation </li></ul>
  4. 4. Resilience in Social-Ecological Systems I <ul><li>ability of a system to cope with change and the capacity to absorb shocks while maintaining key functions of the system </li></ul><ul><li>originated in ecological science, slowly developing into a heuristic for the integrated analysis of coupled SES </li></ul><ul><li>focus on ecosystem services and their maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>resilience describes an attribute (or capacity) of a SES, not a state </li></ul><ul><li>adaptation to change, not maintaining a certain situation </li></ul><ul><li>procedural perspective on SES </li></ul>
  5. 5. Resilience in Social-Ecological Systems II <ul><li>resilience as maintaining options, vulnerability as loss of alternatives </li></ul><ul><li>resilience in SES takes into account human abilities to anticipate and plan for future events </li></ul><ul><li>stakeholders in resilient systems develop adaptive capacity: to manage their system to enhance resilience </li></ul><ul><li>acceptance of uncertainty in natural resources management (vs. scientific management) </li></ul><ul><li>capacity to find new answers for unknown questions </li></ul><ul><li>knowledge about the SES instead of dogmatic receipts </li></ul>
  6. 6. Learning Governance <ul><li>Social learning: a dominant approach is substituted by another, changes in relevant societal norms or practices </li></ul><ul><li>group process, embedded in governance structures (political process) </li></ul><ul><li>group develops a common perception of a problem (mental model) </li></ul>Feedback loop Problem Approach Solution New Problem Policies as hypotheses
  7. 7. Resilience and Governance I <ul><li>govenance structures that monitor, detect and respond to signals of change </li></ul><ul><li>Participation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>management of uncertainty needs more than expert knowledge, inclusion of tacit (non-scientific) knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>raising awareness for changes in the external environment, fosters acceptance for adaptation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>building trust for governance structures, legitimity of political processes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>leadership as important aspect </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>is influenced by cultural factors (individualism, masculinity, security orientation...) </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Resilience and Governance II <ul><li>Polycentric and multilayered structures </li></ul><ul><ul><li>opposite to top-down structures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>allow for the inclusion of locally-developed solutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>allow for critical reflection and permanent reframing of reality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>reflect the multilayered character of SES </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>recognition of interdependencies within the system (knowledge management) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>practical implementation through decentralisation </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Resilience and Governance III <ul><li>Governance structures that foster resilience need to: </li></ul><ul><li>acknowledge the management of natural resources as a political task (not a scientific one) </li></ul><ul><li>provide arenas for discourse and defining common perceptions of problem situations </li></ul><ul><li>take on board different approaches of resources management </li></ul><ul><li>built up knowledge about ecological processes (informed decisions) </li></ul><ul><li>include different types of knowledge into the political process </li></ul><ul><li>Problems: </li></ul><ul><li>Ideal type of governance </li></ul><ul><li>Research on governance and resilience is still young </li></ul>
  10. 10. Collective Action and Individual Interests <ul><li>Political processes are determined by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>structural ties (values, norms, traditions) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>individual actors who pursue their interests </li></ul></ul><ul><li>in periods of transition decision making tends to be more conflictive </li></ul><ul><li>power imbalances might explain why (not) actors engage in collective action </li></ul><ul><li>power of actors can be analysed with their endowment with power resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>risk behaviour and exit costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>time preference </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>organizability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ideology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>information and knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>positional power </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Research Questions <ul><li>How will decentralisation policy influence communication structures and participation? (formally strengthened vs. reduction of influence of TAs) </li></ul><ul><li>Will the governance structures allow for the integrated management of water and land? </li></ul><ul><li>Will people come to perceptional convergence on water problems when economic transition makes them less dependend on water? </li></ul>
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