Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Eiman Karar
    Pages 1-14 Open Access
  3. Chad Staddon, Robert Sarkozi, Sean Langberg
    Pages 81-102 Open Access
  4. Ganesh Keremane, Jennifer McKay, Zhifang Wu
    Pages 103-127 Open Access
  5. Barbara Van Koppen, Anne Hellum, Lyla Mehta, Bill Derman, Barbara Schreiner
    Pages 129-143 Open Access
  6. Anton Earle, Marian J. Neal
    Pages 145-158 Open Access
  7. Raymond L. Ison, Philip J. Wallis
    Pages 159-185 Open Access
  8. Håkan Tropp, Alejandro Jiménez, Hélène Le Deunff
    Pages 187-204 Open Access
  9. Marguerite de Chaisemartin, Robert G. Varady, Sharon B. Megdal, Kirstin I. Conti, Jac van der Gun, Andrea Merla et al.
    Pages 205-227 Open Access
  10. Douglas J. Merrey, Anjal Prakash, Larry Swatuk, Inga Jacobs, Vishal Narain
    Pages 229-250 Open Access

About this book


The objective of this book is to broadly illustrate the key aspects of water governance, mapping the spectrum of decision-making from techno-centric and eco-centric approaches, to hybrid concepts and people-centric approaches. Topics covered include the challenges for water-governance models, the polycentric model, the integration challenge, water in the decision-making hierarchy, and the rise of water-sensitive design, while also taking into account interdependencies between stakeholders, as well as the issue of scale.

The book’s content is presented in an integrated and comprehensive format, building on detailed case studies from around the world and the authors’ working experiences in the water sector. Combining essential insights with accessible, non-technical language, it offers a valuable resource for academics, technicians and policy-makers alike.


Developmental Statism Free-Market Economics Groundwater Governance Inclusive Governance Portfolio-Based Approach Rights-Based Governance Stakeholder Engagement Transboundary Water Management Urban Hydrosocial Transition Water Governance Futures Water Integrity

Editors and affiliations

  • Eiman Karar
    • 1
  1. 1.Water Research Commission (WRC)PretoriaSouth Africa

About the editors

Eiman Karar is the Executive Director for Management of Water Resources at the Water Research Commission (WRC) of South Africa, responsible for generating, disseminating and uptake of water resource knowledge by policy-makers, water managers and academics. She is actively involved with the International and African Academies of Sciences and is the advisor to the South African Academy of Science Water Programme. Eiman Karar is a board member on the International Water Security Network (IWSN) and the Chair of the IIASA National NRF Committee. She is a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Member of the Southern African Regional branch of the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and their regional Gender Focal Point. She is a member of the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) and is Chair of the WISA Law subcommittee of the Management Division. She is also a member of WaterNet. Previously, she was the Director in the Department of Water Affairs of South Africa responsible for developing policies pertaining to all decentralised Water Management Institutions and their related governance arrangements. She was a Commissioner on the Limpopo Commission (LIMCOM) and she was the co-chair of the River Basin Working Group in GEF International Waters project (IW Science).

Her main field of interest is water governance. She has approximately 20 years experience in water resource management, mostly in Southern Africa but she is also very familiar with North African water management.

She has authored numerous chapters and papers mainly dealing with water governance and the management of public property resources at local community level to regional and international levels. She is an advisory board member on Monash University, South Africa, Water Node, and an external examiner for the University of KwaZulu-Natal IWRM related courses.

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