Journal article

Water scarcity and institutional change: lessons in adaptive governance from the drought experience of Perth, Western Australia

Y Bettini, R Brown, FJ de Haan

WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY | IWA PUBLISHING | Published : 2013

Abstract

Urban water systems will be increasingly challenged under future climates and global pressures. Meeting challenges by reconfiguring water systems to integrate supplies and deliver multifunctional uses is technically well described. Adjusting the institutions that frame the management of these systems is not well operationalized in practice or conceptualized in theory. This study seeks to address this gap through an institutional analysis of Perth, Australia, a city where drought crisis has put under pressure both management practices and the institutional setting that underlies them. The study found that while trusted practices moderated water scarcity, the stability of the institutional set..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Thanks go to the Western Australian Department of Water for their funding and support for this research, and the participants of the study. We would also like to acknowledge the valuable feedback provided by the anonymous reviewers.