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Institutional Analysis of Water Governance for Adaptation to Climate Change

Author(s): Ana Cristina Souza Silva, Carlos Oliveira Galvao, Marcia Maria Rios Ribeiro, Tafnes Silva Andrade

Linked Author(s): Carlos Galvao

Keywords: Climate variability, drought, water management

Abstract: There are many challenges for water governance and management under climate change. Institutional adaptations are one of those challenges, which have to consider uncertainties, participatory processes and monitoring. Elinor Ostrom, a Nobel winner, produced many relevant contributions to understanding institutional governance. Her work pointed to requirements of adaptive governance, institutional design principles for local common pool resources systems and social-ecological framework analysis. Recently, Ostrom's institutional principles have been extended and refined for the governance of adaptation to climate change in the water sector. However, adaptation in water sector is a continuous process of learning. Drought management in the present and past is also a way of learning considering experiences on institutions leading with this problem. This paper demonstrates how some of Ostrom's principles associated with drought management experiences might provide a continuous way for learning to adapt water governance to climate variability and change. An institutional analysis of the Brazilian water policy from a drought management perspective is presented to show the application of the principles


Year: 2017

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