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Climate change, water resources, and the politics of adaptation in the Middle East and North Africa

dc.contributor.author Sowers, J
dc.contributor.author Vengosh, Avner
dc.contributor.author Weinthal, Erika S
dc.date.accessioned 2013-04-02T14:43:24Z
dc.date.issued 2011-02-01
dc.identifier.issn 0165-0009
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/6460
dc.description.abstract Through an examination of global climate change models combined with hydrological data on deteriorating water quality in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), we elucidate the ways in which the MENA countries are vulnerable to climate-induced impacts on water resources. Adaptive governance strategies, however, remain a low priority for political leaderships in the MENA region. To date, most MENA governments have concentrated the bulk of their resources on large-scale supply side projects such as desalination, dam construction, inter-basin water transfers, tapping fossil groundwater aquifers, and importing virtual water. Because managing water demand, improving the efficiency of water use, and promoting conservation will be key ingredients in responding to climate-induced impacts on the water sector, we analyze the political, economic, and institutional drivers that have shaped governance responses. While the scholarly literature emphasizes the importance of social capital to adaptive governance, we find that many political leaders and water experts in the MENA rarely engage societal actors in considering water risks. We conclude that the key capacities for adaptive governance to water scarcity in MENA are underdeveloped. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
dc.relation.ispartof Climatic Change
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1007/s10584-010-9835-4
dc.title Climate change, water resources, and the politics of adaptation in the Middle East and North Africa
dc.type Journal article
pubs.begin-page 599
pubs.end-page 627
pubs.issue 3-4
pubs.organisational-group Civil and Environmental Engineering
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group Duke Science & Society
pubs.organisational-group Earth and Ocean Sciences
pubs.organisational-group Environmental Sciences and Policy
pubs.organisational-group Global Health Institute
pubs.organisational-group Initiatives
pubs.organisational-group Institutes and Provost's Academic Units
pubs.organisational-group Nicholas School of the Environment
pubs.organisational-group Pratt School of Engineering
pubs.organisational-group Sanford School of Public Policy
pubs.organisational-group Sanford School of Public Policy - Secondary Group
pubs.organisational-group University Institutes and Centers
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 104


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