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Contested governance of drinking water provisioning services in Nepal’s transboundary river basins

Contested governance of drinking water provisioning services in Nepal’s transboundary river basins

Bhattarai, Kiran Kumari, Pant, Laxmi and FitzGibbon, John (2020) Contested governance of drinking water provisioning services in Nepal’s transboundary river basins. Ecosystem Services, 45. ISSN 2212-0416 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2020.101184)

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Abstract

Governance and management of ecosystem services involve a diversity of institutional mechanisms and policy processes from voluntary to regulatory and collaborative approaches. The governance structures and policy processes are often contested, particularly when stakeholder concerns are insufficiently addressed, particularly of those who are most affected by policy decisions. This research examines how collaborative governance enables the ecosystem services approach to source water protection, thereby addressing contested governance problems and policy processes in transboundary river basins in central Nepal. The data were collected using key informant interviews, policy workshops, policy document review, and direct observation. Research results suggest that the state established collaborative governance institutions to improve already adversarial situations rather than in the co-management of water provisioning and other ecosystem services. We conclude that collaborative governance should focus on empowering vulnerable communities to speak for themselves and for the natural environment, particularly to maintain the sustainable flow of multiple ecosystem services for current and future generations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ecosystem services; Source water protection; River basins; Nepal; Policy process
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Livelihoods & Institutions Department
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2020 21:05
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/29714

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