Case for Adaptation
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Today’s world faces existential threats to water systems in the form of intensifying floods and droughts, increasing risks to global supply chains, chronic shortages, hidden vulnerabilities in the water-energy-land-food (WELF) nexus, increasing pollution, and degrading aquatic ecosystems. These threats occur in the context of unsustainable use, environmental change, fragmented and weak governance, and a global economy that is heavily water dependent. This book makes that case that business-as-usual water science, management, and decision-making institutions are not up to the task of solving today’s global water problems and planning for an uncertain future. A path forward using ideas from resilience theory, Decision Making Under Uncertainty (DMUU), socio-hydrology, adaptive management, social learning, and public engagement offers a new paradigm for water planning and policy.
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