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Title:Tasty water of the good samaritan: collaborative governance and rural capacity enhancement for adapting water sources to climate change
Authors:Mensah, Kenneth
FitzGibbon, John
Periodical:African Geographical Review (ISSN 1937-6812)
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:water resources
water management
rural population
community participation
climate change
capacity building
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/19376812.2012.728481
Abstract:As the management of water resources becomes increasingly complex due to climatic stresses on socio-ecological systems, growing evidence suggests that collaborative governance with meaningful local participation is vital for building institutional adaptive capacity. Using a participatory institutional framework - Adaptive Co-Management - the authors assessed in Ghana the nature and role of formal institutional collaboration in facilitating rural capacities to adapt water supply to climate change-related salinization. Findings include local perceptions of climate change occurrence, insufficient local adaptive responses, poor integration of external responses into local practices, and concurrent opportunities and constraints of institutional collaboration in capacity development. The authors concluded that framing adaptation strictly as a technical problem and restricting broad participation undercut embedded collective decision making processes in informal regimes, which provide accumulated institutional memory of intimate and detailed ecological knowledge relevant for adaptation. Also, collaboration between intermediary and local institutions needs strengthening. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]