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Toward Sustainable Governance of Water Resources: The Case of Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Abstract Research shows that many water governance regimes are failing to guide social-ecological systems away from points, beyond which, damage to social and environmental well-being will be difficult to correct. This problem is apparent in regions that face water conflicts and climate threats. There remains a need to clarify what is it about governance that people need to change in water conflict prone regions, how to collectively go about doing that, and how research can actively support this. To address these needs, here I present a collaborative research project from the dry tropics of Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica. The project addressed the overarching questions: How can water be governed sustainably in water-contested and climate-threatened... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Kuzdas, Christopher Paul (Author) / Wiek, Arnim (Advisor) / Childers, Daniel (Advisor) / Vignola, Raffaele (Committee member) / Eakin, Hallie (Committee member) / Basile, George (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Environmental studies / Political Science / Water resources management / Latin America / Participatory Approach and Methods / Sustainability Assessment / Sustainable Water Governance / Transition Strategies / Water Conflict
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 450 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Sustainability 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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