Community Water Management

Greater involvement of communities in the management of their environments and natural resources has been driven by many social movements through diverse disciplinary perspectives. In urban water management the community is recognised as not only a resource consumer, but an intrinsic player influencing the design, management and operation of water systems and their services. The concept of the hydro-social contract encapsulates this role, as the community is a party to this intrinsically shared agreement on how and for what purpose society manages and lives with its water.

The research under this theme seeks to unpack these societal roles and influences on dominant water management paradigms, but also offers insight into how communities can take a more explicit role in urban water management to foster shared responsibility and capacity, empower local people and build system flexibility for resilience in the face of uncertain future conditions.

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