Journal article

Opportunities and Barriers for Water Co-Governance-A Critical Analysis of Seven Cases of Diffuse Water Pollution from Agriculture in Europe, Australia and North America

Morten Graversgaard, Beatrice Hedelin, Laurence Smith, Flemming Gertz, Anker Lajer Hojberg, John Langford, Grit Martinez, Erik Mostert, Emilia Ptak, Heidi Peterson, Nico Stelljes, Cors van den Brink, Jens Christian Refsgaard

Sustainability | MDPI AG | Published : 2018


Diffuse Water Pollution from Agriculture (DWPA) and its governance has received increased attention as a policy concern across the globe. Mitigation of DWPA is a complex problem that requires a mix of policy instruments and a multi-agency, broad societal response. In this paper, opportunities and barriers for developing co-governance, defined as collaborative societal involvement in the functions of government, and its suitability for mitigation of DWPA are reviewed using seven case studies in Europe (Poland, Denmark, Sweden, The Netherlands and UK), Australia (Murray-Darling Basin) and North America (State of Minnesota). An analytical framework for assessing opportunities and barriers of co..

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Awarded by DNMARK strategic research alliance - Danish Council for Strategic Research

Funding Acknowledgements

Thanks are due to all the participants attending the international workshop on co-governance held in Copenhagen in 2016. The study was funded by the DNMARK strategic research alliance, supported by the Danish Council for Strategic Research (Ref. 12-132421), and co-funded by BONUS SOILS2SEA, TRENDS, MACSUR, the INTERREG projects TOPSOIL and Water CO-Governance, and the HORIZON 2020 project FAIRWAY.