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Graversgaard, M and Hedelin, B and Smith, Laurence and Gertz, F and Lajer Hojberg, A and Langford, J and Martinez, G and Mostert, E and Ptak, E and Peterson, H and Stelljes, N and van der Brink, C and Refsgaard, JC (2018) '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.' Sustainability, 10 (5). pp. 1634-1672.

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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.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: collaborative governance; decentralized decision-making; non-point source pollution; nutrient management; water governance
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Interdisciplinary Studies > Centre for Development, Environment and Policy
ISSN: 2071-1050
Copyright Statement: This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.3390/su10051634
Date Deposited: 21 May 2018 09:02
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/25885

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