Revolutionizing Water Management and Governance for Rio + 20 and Beyond. Interesting case studies to dash pessimism that we can’t successfully govern and manage our water commons.
As we approach Rio plus 20 in these challenging times that require all our creativity. This new publication might be helpful in advocacy and design of commons-based water systems: “Water Commons, Water Citizenship and Water Security: Revolutionizing Water Management and Governance for Rio plus 20 and Beyond”,
by: Buenaventura Dargantes, Mary Ann Manahan, Daniel Moss, and V. Suresh.
The motivation behind this collection of case studies is to examine successful and/or illuminating cases of water commons governance and management, culling out insights that may be useful in communities around the world. We hope to continue to collect and publish cases, so please be in touch if you'd like to recommend – or even better, write – cases.
In Cebu City, the Philippines, public sector workers like Zosimo Salcedo at the Metro Cebu Water District (MCWD) opposed Asian Development Bank financing that would purportedly increase the burgeoning city's water supply. The financing sounded like a water workers dream – more infrastructure funds spells more jobs. So why was Zosimo Salcedo opposing the funds?
We offer these case studies to dash pessimism that we can’t successfully govern and manage our water commons; that privatization is inevitable; and that humans can’t ensure ecosystems have their necessary share of water.