Social Learning for Water Sector Resilience



Resilient water systems function at the triple junction of scientific discovery, decision support, and public engagement. New scientific knowledge about non-stationary environmental systems (including scientific and societal uncertainties) informs management decision-making, warns of the need to change course, and supports exploration of future conditions via scenario analysis. Public participation in the water sector builds capacity into institutions and organizations for knowledge that is inclusive, accountable, evolving, and reflective of diverse viewpoints. Decision-making processes in this ideal world are both evidence-based and reflective of human beliefs, attitudes, and values. Social learning across groups improves the capacity to manage complex system dynamics and resolve value-based controversies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Geographical Sciences and Urban PlanningArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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