Crises and institutional change: emergence of cross-border water governance in Lake Eyre Basin, Australia

Bellamy, Jennifer, Head, Brian W. and Ross, Helen (2017) Crises and institutional change: emergence of cross-border water governance in Lake Eyre Basin, Australia. Society and Natural Resources, 30 4: 404-420. doi:10.1080/08941920.2016.1272729


Author Bellamy, Jennifer
Head, Brian W.
Ross, Helen
Title Crises and institutional change: emergence of cross-border water governance in Lake Eyre Basin, Australia
Journal name Society and Natural Resources   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1521-0723
0894-1920
Publication date 2017-03-24
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08941920.2016.1272729
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 30
Issue 4
Start page 404
End page 420
Total pages 17
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2018
Language eng
Abstract Managing large river basins for sustainability is a contentious social–ecological arena challenging traditional scientific and rational planning approaches to water and related natural resources governance. “Crises” are inevitable but double-edged: creating threats and uncertainties, but also new opportunities to shape trajectories of change and avoid adverse consequences. A case study of the large remote cross-border Lake Eyre Basin (LEB), in arid central Australia, shows how over two decades a series of social–ecological and political–administrative “crises” emerged, posing significant environmental and social dilemmas for water governance, while also opening up opportunities for institutional change. This article examines the role of crises in the emergence and evolution of water governance in the LEB, how they were perceived, the challenges and opportunities posed, social and institutional responses, and governance capacity outcomes. Finally, it reflects on emergent crises as opportunities for more systemic and adaptive change in large river basins.
Keyword Collaboration
Crises
Cross-border
Institutional change
Multilevel
Water governance
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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