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The California Water Model: Resilience through Failure
A review of 170 years of water-related successes in California suggests that most successes can be traced directly to past mistakes. California’s highly variable climate has made it a crucible for innovations in water technology and policy. Similar water imperatives have led to advances in water management in other parts of the world. A close look at California’s water model suggests that “far-sighted incrementalism” is a path to progress. Given the complexity of water management systems, better scientific information and new policy tools must be developed coherently and collaboratively over time. A history of learning from previous failures can guide progress towards stable, secure, and resilient water systems worldwide. This includes learning from other regions and other “water models” – the one option clearly superior to innovating in response to your own mistakes is learning from the errors of others.
Adaptive learning in water management: How do small-scale experiments work – without upsetting anyone?
Adaptive management is all about dealing with uncertainty through learning. It is a highly recommended policy approach for water management. However, there are many factors regarding how adaptive management works on the ground in need of development. Elisa Kochskämper has been researching systematic learning in water governance. With colleagues she studied small-scale interventions of adaptive management in Northern Germany to identify patterns of success and learning. Here she discusses insights from five local adaptive management projects established to improve water quality.
Halting Desertification in China- The World Bank project
A World Bank-funded project supporting Ningxia in northwest China in combatting desertification. Through the restoration of vegetation and ecological protection measures, the project addressed desertification challenges in more than 32,000 hectares of degraded, protected road and rail infrastructure, lessened silt in the Yellow River, and contribute to the reduction of sandstorms affecting people in areas as far as Beijing and Tianjin
From reactive to proactive drought management