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Pigs, Prawns and Power Houses: Politics in Water Resources Management

  • K. M. Jensen
  • R. B. Lange
  • J. C. Refsgaard
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Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Abstract

When the global water expert community joined the heads of state for the Rio+20 summit in 2012, they celebrated 20 years of promoting the concept of sustainable development, now enshrined within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Under this umbrella, a range of normative management ideals and methods have been developed and advocated. These include the holistic concepts of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and Coastal Zone Management, as well as their ‘tool room’ management instruments and methods, such as environmental impact assessments and Environmental Flows. These ideals designate elaborate approaches to ‘good environmental governance’ aimed at replacing ‘bad’ and unsustainable practices. Sustainable water management is included in SDG 6 which aims to ‘ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all’ (see https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg6). Target 6.5 of SDG 6 states ‘By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate’.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. M. Jensen
    • 1
  • R. B. Lange
    • 2
  • J. C. Refsgaard
    • 3
  1. 1.Danish Ministry of Foreign AffairsCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Vestjyllands FolkschoolRøddingDenmark
  3. 3.Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)CopenhagenDenmark

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