Handbook on Water Security


Handbook on Water Security

9781782548003 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Professor for Resources Management, Institute of Environmental Systems Research, University of Osnabrück, Anik Bhaduri, Executive Director, Sustainable Water Future Programme (formerly Global Water System Project), Australia and Joyeeta Gupta, Professor of Environment and Development in the Global South, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam and Professor of Law and Policy in Water Resources and Environment, IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education, the Netherlands
Publication Date: 2016 ISBN: 978 1 78254 800 3 Extent: 384 pp
Water security has received increasing attention in the scientific and policy community in recent years. This Handbook covers the wide range of perspectives required to understand water security as a concept guiding water governance and management at different levels and in different regions. It reflects on past, present and future challenges to water security and strategies on how to overcome them. An invaluable resource for scientific scholars, it will also appeal policymakers and practitioners interested in a deeper understanding of this important concept.

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Water security has received increasing attention in the scientific and public policy communities in recent years. The Handbook on Water Security is a much-needed resource that helps the reader navigate between the differing interpretations of water security. It explains the various dimensions of the topic by approaching it both conceptually and thematically, as well as in relation to experiences in different regions of the world.

The international contributors explore the various perspectives on water security to show that it has multiple meanings that cannot easily be reconciled. Topics discussed include: challenges from human security to consumerism, how trade policies can help to achieve water security in a transboundary setting, the potential of risk-based governance arrangements and the ecology of water security.

Scholars and postgraduate students in the social sciences working on water-related issues will find this book to be of substantial interest. It will strongly appeal to policymakers and practitioners looking at the strengths and limitations of water security.
Critical Acclaim
‘This is a very exciting book. Water security is a current and very important topic, but at the same time, the term is used in many different ways. Rather than suppressing this diversity, it is embraced here and used as a strength to illuminate the various possible meanings of the term – and their implications, which are assessed in a critical way by a group of excellent authors. This book will play a central role in the debate on water governance for years to come.’
– Dave Huitema, Netherlands Open University and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands

‘Water security has risen to the top of the international agenda for policymakers and enterprise. This comprehensive and insightful volume advances our understanding of water security by drawing on leading researchers from a range of disciplines – but with a common focus: identifying pathways to adaptive governance in a context of complexity and rapid environmental change. It provides an indispensable resource for researchers and practitioners.’
– Dustin Garrick, McMaster University, Canada
Contributors: L. Addams, J. Allouche, L.Auguste, K. Bakker, M.H.N. Bakker, M. Ballesteros, A. Bhaduri, J. Bogardi, H.G. Brauch, S.E. Bunn, I. Burgher, N. Cenacchi, K.I. Conti, C. Cook, A.C. de la Cruz, J.W. Dellapenna, L. De Stefano, P. Droogers, S. Elsawah, I. Fischhendler, A. Garrido, S. Gruber, J. Gupta, N. Hernández-Mora, P. Huntjens, A.J. Jakeman, K. Knüppe, N. Kukurić, F.P. Lansigan, K. Lexén, J. Liu, E. López-Gunn, F. Ludwig, J.H. Matthews, L. Mehta, R. Meissner, F. Meza, D. Nathan, A. Nicol, P. Obani, Ú. Oswald Spring, C. Pahl-Wostl, M.J. Patrick, C. Ringler, D. Rodriguez, C.A. Scott, S. Srivastava, B. Stewart-Koster, T.B. Sulser, R. Treguer, M. van den Heuvel, H. van Schaik, B.A. Willaarts, J. Xia, H. Yang, T. Zhu


1. Water Security: A Popular but Contested Concept
Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Joyeeta Gupta and Anik Bhaduri

2. Water Security: Critical Analysis of Emerging Trends and Definitions
Christina Cook and Karen Bakker

3. Water Security: Past, Present and Future of a Controversial Concept
Janos Bogardi, Úrsula Oswald Spring and Hans Günter Brauch

4. Water Securities and the Individual: Challenges from Human Security to Consumerism
Jeremy Allouche, Alan Nicol, Lyla Mehta and Shilpi Srivastava

5. The Social Construction of Water Security Discourses: Preliminary Evidence and Policy Implications from the Middle East
Itay Fischhendler and Daniel Nathan

6. Water Security, Systemic Risks and Adaptive Water Governance and Management
Claudia Pahl-Wostl

7. How Trade Policies Can Help to Achieve Water Security in a Transboundary Setting
Anik Bhaduri

8. Water Sovereignty and Security, High Politics and Hard Power: The Dangers of Borrowing Discourses!
Joyeeta Gupta, Joseph W. Dellapenna and Marcel van den Heuvel

9. Perspectives on Climates Change Impacts and Water Security
Fulco Ludwig, Henk van Schaik, John H. Matthews, Diego Rodriguez, Marloes H.N. Bakker, Patrick Huntjens, Karin Lexén and Peter Droogers

10. Groundwater and Security
Kirstin I. Conti, Neno Kukurić and Joyeeta Gupta

11. Role of Water Security for Agricultural and Economic Development – Concepts and Global Scenarios
Claudia Ringler, Tingju Zhu, Sebastian Gruber, Ronan Treguer, Laurent Auguste, Lee Addams, Nicola Cenacchi and Timothy B. Sulser

12. Human Security and Access to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene: Exploring the Drivers and Nexus
Pedi Obani and Joyeeta Gupta

13. The Ecology of Water Security
Ben Stewart-Koster and Stuart E. Bunn

14. Water Security and Environmental Water needs: The Role of The Ecosystem Services Concept and Transformation of Governance Systems
Claudia Pahl-Wostl and Kathrin Knüppe

15. Secure Water Supply in Water-Scarce Regions
Francisco Meza and Christopher A. Scott

16. Water Security or Water ‘Securities’? Increasing Complexity in Balancing of Multiple Goals in Spain
Elena López-Gunn, Mario Ballesteros, Lucia De Stefano, Alberto Garrido, Nuria Hernández-Mora and Bárbara A. Willaarts

17. Water Security in Southern Africa: Discourses Securitising Water and the Implications for Water Governance and Politics
Richard Meissner

18. Water Security – China Perspective
Hong Yang and Junguo Liu, Jun Xia

19. Water Security in Southeast Asia Region
Felino P. Lansigan and Amparo C. dela Cruz

20. Australian Water Security: A Water–Food–Enironment–Energy Nexus Perspective
M.J. Patrick, Sondoss Elsawah, Isabela Burgher and Anthony J. Jakeman


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