My latest article w/David Groenfeldt now out in Ecology and Society

David Groenfeldt and I have published an article titled “Ethics and water governance” for a special feature in Ecology and Society. It is available open access here: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol18/iss1/art14/

ABSTRACT

Ethics and values are important dimensions of water governance. We show how a “values approach” contributes to an understanding of global water governance, and how it complements other perspectives on governance, namely management, institutional capacity, and social-ecological systems. We connect these other approaches to their own value systems and the ethical attitudes they engender. We then offer a way to explicitly incorporate, and where necessary adjudicate, competing value systems through a values-based approach to governance. A case of the Santa Fe River in New Mexico, USA illustrates how value systems are reflected in water policies and how these values affect governance priorities, such as in environmental flows. The values-based approach clarifies tacit values and creates space to align local values with those needed for effective water governance at the global level.

Webinar from POLIS Water Project now online

The video and information below can also be found here from the webinar on Global Networks and Governance Innovation: Tools for Resilient Watersheds.

“In this webinar, the guest speakers discuss challenges and opportunities for building resilience within watersheds. It focuses on the importance of global networks for driving new innovation processes and improving resilience in our watersheds. It explores the challenges and benefits that transnational relationships bring for watershed-based organizations, and the role of social “traps” during disasters and how they can affect the capacity to build resilience across sectors within a watershed.

GUEST SPEAKERS

Michele-Lee Moore
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Victoria
Director, Water, Innovation, and Global Governance Lab (WIGG)
Research Associate & Strategic Faculty Advisor, POLIS Water Sustainability Project

Frances Westley
Waterloo Institute of Social Innovation and Resilience
JW McConnell Chair in Social Innovation, University of Waterloo”