Identifying Regime Transitions for Water Governance in the Yellow River Basin, China

Song, Shuang, Wang, Shuai, Wu, Xutong, Wei, Yongping, Cumming, Graeme S., Qin, Yue, Wu, Xilin, and Fu, Bojie (2023) Identifying Regime Transitions for Water Governance in the Yellow River Basin, China. Water Resources Research, 59 (12). e2022WR033819.

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Abstract

Water governance determines “who gets water, when, and how” in most large river basins. Shifts in water governance regimes from natural to social-ecological or “hydrosocial” carry profound implications for human wellbeing; identifying regime changes in water governance is critical to navigating social-ecological transitions and guiding sustainability. We characterized water governance along with the three main aspects—stress, purpose, and allocation—to develop a quantitative integrated water governance index (IWGI) at a basin scale. Applying the IWGI to the rapidly changing Yellow River Basin (YRB) in China clarifies shifts in water governance between massive supply, transformation governance, and adaptation-oriented regimes. In the YRB, the underlying causes of regime shifts were increasing water supply and demand before the governance transformation and re-allocation and regulation after the change. The IWGI offers a comprehensive and straightforward approach to linking water governance regimes to sustainability, providing valuable insights into hydrosocial transitions.

Item ID: 81559
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1944-7973
Keywords: hydrosocial cycle, regime shifts, social-hydrology, sustainability, water governance
Copyright Information: © 2023. The Authors. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2024 01:09
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410404 Environmental management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1803 Fresh, ground and surface water systems and management > 180399 Fresh, ground and surface water systems and management not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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