Adaptive coevolution: realigning the water governance regime to the changing climate

Dauglas Wafula Juma, Makomere Reuben, Hongtao Wang, Fengting Li

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Climate change is having a significant impact on water resources globally; more so in developing countries due to lower resilience and weakened coping mechanisms. Water resource and supply management systems need to be adaptive to the uncertainty and unpredictability posed by this challenge. The current water crisis is mainly that of governance within the water sector. On this premise, this chapter seeks to explore the adaptiveness of water management institutions and systems to climate change impacts, with a focus on Kenya’s case. Kenya continues to face numerous challenges relating to water supply, which are further exacerbated by climate change. Prior to the development of key legislative and institutional frameworks, through adoption of the Water Act 2002, the water sector grappled with gross mismanagement, manifested via inefficiency in water service provision and resource degradation. Deploying the conceptual model of adaptive (co)-management institutional prescription of polycentric governance, experimentation, public participation, and management of bioregional scale, this chapter stands to contribute novel insights into designing sustainable, adaptive water governance regimes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHydrology and water resource management
Subtitle of host publicationbreakthroughs in research and practice
Place of PublicationHershey, PA
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781522534280
ISBN (Print)9781522536100
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

First published in 2017 in 'Reconsidering the Impact of Climate Change on Global Water Supply, Use, and Management' edited by Prakash Rao and Yogesh Patil, pp 314-325. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference (an imprint of IGI Global). DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1046-8


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