Understanding Game-based Approaches for Improving Sustainable Water Governance

Understanding Game-based Approaches for Improving Sustainable Water Governance

Author: Wietske Medema

Publisher: MDPI

ISBN: 9783039287628

Category: Science

Page: 272

View: 655

The sustainable governance of water resources relies on processes of multi-stakeholder collaborations and interactions that facilitate knowledge co-creation and social learning. Governance systems are often fragmented, forming a barrier to adequately addressing the myriad of challenges affecting water resources, including climate change, increased urbanized populations, and pollution. Transitions towards sustainable water governance will likely require innovative learning partnerships between public, private, and civil society stakeholders. It is essential that such partnerships involve vertical and horizontal communication of ideas and knowledge, and an enabling and democratic environment characterized by informal and open discourse. There is increasing interest in learning-based transitions. Thus far, much scholarly thinking and, to a lesser degree, empirical research has gone into understanding the potential impact of social learning on multi-stakeholder settings. The question of whether such learning can be supported by forms of serious gaming has hardly been asked. This Special Issue critically explores the potential of serious games to support multi-stakeholder social learning and collaborations in the context of water governance. Serious games may involve simulations of real-world events and processes and are challenge players to solve contemporary societal problems; they, therefore, have a purpose beyond entertainment. They offer a largely untapped potential to support social learning and collaboration by facilitating access to and the exchange of knowledge and information, enhancing stakeholder interactions, empowering a wider audience to participate in decision making, and providing opportunities to test and analyze the outcomes of policies and management solutions. Little is known about how game-based approaches can be used in the context of collaborative water governance to maximize their potential for social learning. While several studies have reported examples of serious games, there is comparably less research about how to assess the impacts of serious games on social learning and transformative change.

Understanding Game-based Approaches for Improving Sustainable Water Governance: The Potential of Serious Games to Solve Water Problems

Understanding Game-based Approaches for Improving Sustainable Water Governance: The Potential of Serious Games to Solve Water Problems

Author: Wietske Medema

Publisher:

ISBN: 303928763X

Category: Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)

Page: 272

View: 598

The sustainable governance of water resources relies on processes of multi-stakeholder collaborations and interactions that facilitate knowledge co-creation and social learning. Governance systems are often fragmented, forming a barrier to adequately addressing the myriad of challenges affecting water resources, including climate change, increased urbanized populations, and pollution. Transitions towards sustainable water governance will likely require innovative learning partnerships between public, private, and civil society stakeholders. It is essential that such partnerships involve vertical and horizontal communication of ideas and knowledge, and an enabling and democratic environment characterized by informal and open discourse. There is increasing interest in learning-based transitions. Thus far, much scholarly thinking and, to a lesser degree, empirical research has gone into understanding the potential impact of social learning on multi-stakeholder settings. The question of whether such learning can be supported by forms of serious gaming has hardly been asked. This Special Issue critically explores the potential of serious games to support multi-stakeholder social learning and collaborations in the context of water governance. Serious games may involve simulations of real-world events and processes and are challenge players to solve contemporary societal problems; they, therefore, have a purpose beyond entertainment. They offer a largely untapped potential to support social learning and collaboration by facilitating access to and the exchange of knowledge and information, enhancing stakeholder interactions, empowering a wider audience to participate in decision making, and providing opportunities to test and analyze the outcomes of policies and management solutions. Little is known about how game-based approaches can be used in the context of collaborative water governance to maximize their potential for social learning. While several studies have reported examples of serious games, there is comparably less research about how to assess the impacts of serious games on social learning and transformative change.

Water - Energy - Food Nexus Narratives and Resource Securities

Water - Energy - Food Nexus Narratives and Resource Securities

Author: Tafadzwa Mabhaudhi

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 9780323918374

Category: Science

Page: 350

View: 330

Water–Energy–Food Nexus Narratives and Resource Securities: A Global South Perspective provides a knowledge synthesis on the water–energy–food (WEF) nexus, focusing primarily on the global south. By presenting concepts, analytical tools, and case studies, the book serves as a practical resource for researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in sustainability and functional roles across all three sectors. It addresses key issues related to data availability, tools, indices, metrics, and application across multiple scales, beginning with a summary of existing knowledge. Finally, it examines the WEF nexus, presents global insights, and discusses future considerations and implications. This book presents an overview of existing knowledge on the WEF nexus and examines how such research aligns with emerging global WEF nexus perspectives, making it ideal for professionals, government entities, private industry, and the general public. • Offers a conceptual framework on how to better understand the water–energy–food (WEF) nexus and its utility in natural resource management and sustainable development • Presents advanced analytical tools for the quantification of linkages, trade-offs, and synergies among WEF sectors • Utilizes global case studies to illustrate complexities across disciplines, geographies, and scales

Water Governance for Sustainable Development

Water Governance for Sustainable Development

Author: Stefano Farolfi

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136548741

Category: Law

Page: 320

View: 423

Good management of water resources - universally identified as a key aspect of poverty reduction, agriculture and food security - has proven, in practice, as difficult to achieve as it is eagerly sought. This book, edited and authored by leading authorities on water resource management, examines the recent changes in governance, institutions, economics and policies of water, covering developing, transitional and developed countries, with special emphasis on southern African case studies. The book examines how water policies, institutions and governance have shifted in recent years from supply-driven, quantitative, centrally controlled management to more demand-sensitive, decentralized, participatory approaches. Such a move often also implies cost recovery principles, resource allocation among competing sectors, and privatization. The case studies demonstrate that the new policies and legal frameworks have been difficult to implement and often fall short of initial expectations. Using an accessible multidisciplinary approach that integrates economics, sociology, geography and policy analysis, the book untangles the issues and presents best practices for policy- and decision-makers, governments and regulators, NGOs and user groups, service providers, and researchers. The overall aim is to show how good water governance structures can be developed and implemented for the benefit of all.

Diversity, Divergence, Dialogue

Diversity, Divergence, Dialogue

Author: Katharina Toeppe

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030713058

Category: Computers

Page: 505

View: 156

This two-volume set LNCS 12645-12646 constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Diversity, Divergence, Dialogue, iConference 2021, held in Beijing, China, in March 2021. The 32 full papers and the 59 short papers presented in this two-volume set were carefully reviewed and selected from 225 submissions. They cover topics such as: AI and machine learning; data science; human-computer interaction; social media; digital humanities; education and information literacy; information behavior; information governance and ethics; archives and records; research methods; and institutional management.

Urban Sustainability

Urban Sustainability

Author: Jason Papathanasiou

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030670160

Category: Electronic books

Page:

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This textbook provides an innovative pedagogy to students who will be the policy makers of tomorrow. It provides thoughts on sustainability and the complexity among its different dimensions. It guides students through experience, processes of complex decision making, and sharpen their clarity of thought, to enhance their communication abilities and help them develop critical thinking. It provides key competencies to address the complexities of sustainable development. By combining game-based learning with an analytical style of education, supplemental materials are provided to make the definitions of various sustainability aspects more concrete and allows students to experiment in a consequence-free environment, with scenario examples. Board Game and ahypothetical management course, dealing with various topics like transportation sustainability, societal metabolism, etc. as well as with decision making under those contexts, will formalize the mathematics needed to make robust decisions.

Managing Water, Soil and Waste Resources to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals

Managing Water, Soil and Waste Resources to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals

Author: Stephan Hülsmann

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319751634

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 163

View: 880

This book explores how integrated management of environmental resources via a Nexus Approach can help to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It takes a process-oriented view on what should or needs to be done to implement a Nexus Approach and how this relates to SDGs. After sketching the background and conceptual outline, contributions to the book explore key aspects of monitoring and implementation. Specifically, they: focus on the importance of monitoring resource use and how to advance it at the international level to support SDG implementation, exemplify the resources perspective on the nexus approach by exploring how to close the nitrogen cycle and stay within planetary boundaries, elaborate on proven and emerging strategies for nexus implementation, highlighting means to enhance, monitor and analyse stakeholder participation, explain how the horizontal and vertical nexus dimensions interact and can support SDG implementation. The book sheds new light on key aspects of the interrelation between SDGs and the Nexus Approach and provides specific recommendations how to advance it.

A Critical Approach to International Water Management Trends

A Critical Approach to International Water Management Trends

Author: Christian Bréthaut

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137600868

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 305

View: 191

This edited volume provides a critical discussion of particular trends that are widely recognised to influence water management by comparing them with what is actually happening in the field. Among others, these trends include water security, adaptive or integrative management, and the water-energy-food nexus, which are often presented as essential means to reaching more sustainable and resilient water use. However, the extent to which these trends have managed to structure concrete practices in water management remains uncertain. Informed by empirically grounded research, each chapter of this work engages with a particular approach, concept or theory. Together, they provide a nuanced picture of trends in water management that require universal remedies and global norms.

Human Systems Engineering and Design (IHSED 2021): Future Trends and Applications

Human Systems Engineering and Design (IHSED 2021): Future Trends and Applications

Author: Waldemar Karwowski, Tareq Ahram, Mario Milicevic, Darko Etinger and Krunoslav Zubrinic

Publisher: AHFE International

ISBN: 9781792389870

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 1030

View: 363

Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Human Systems Engineering and Design (IHSED2021): Future Trends and Applications, September 23–25, 2021, University of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Handbook of Engineering Hydrology

Handbook of Engineering Hydrology

Author: Saeid Eslamian

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781466552500

Category: Science

Page: 606

View: 834

While most books examine only the classical aspects of hydrology, this three-volume set covers multiple aspects of hydrology, and includes contributions from experts from more than 30 countries. It examines new approaches, addresses growing concerns about hydrological and ecological connectivity, new quantitative and qualitative managing techniques