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Improving Water Governance: to avoid conflict and increase sustainability
Quarter 1 Newsletter 2017
Water is arguably our most essential resource, but its availability and quality is increasingly at risk, with the related danger of international conflict. This newsletter, informed and inspired by the Budapest Water Summit 2016, explores how water can become an ‘enabler and connector’ between sustainability goals, and how it raises profound questions about Where, How, and With Whom we make decisions.

The Summit’s Civil Forum was organised by János Zlinksy, FDSD trustee, with fellow trustees Sándor Fülöp and Andrea Westall also taking part. Dimple Roy, another Civil Forum speaker, explains here how multistakeholder decision-making can create solutions which benefit the environment and local economy.

The positive impact of widespread participation on the implementation and effectiveness of water-related policy is explored by Jens Newig and colleagues using the example of the European Water Directive. FDSD Trustee Peter Davies believes that public engagement is also enabled by new business models such as Dwyr Cymru Welsh Water.
As always, we're bringing together rigorous thinking and practical examples in partnership with others to help inform and create change. Please get in touch at if you or your organisation would like to work with us, share inspirational examples, write reports or provocations, or comment on any of our pieces.
Implications of BWS 2016 for water governance and democracy
The Budapest Water Summit, argues Andrea Westall, shows the urgency of increasing multi-stakeholder decision-making spaces which match environmental boundaries such as water basins. It also shows the importance of improving coordination across policy areas and from the local to the global.
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Integrated management at local scale
Dimple Roy, Director, Water, IISD shows how integrated management at local level across water, energy and food, can, using ‘honest brokers’, multiple stakeholders and data tools, create viable ecosystems and preserve economic livelihoods.
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Can participation improve environmental governance? Lessons from European water management
Jens Newig, Elisa Kochskämper, Edward Challies and Nicolas Jager find that only two-way stakeholder dialogue seems to generate stakeholder commitment and create lasting impact in the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive.
Welsh Water – a different way of doing business
Dwr Cymru Welsh Water is a non-profit water and sewerage utility company. FDSD Trustee Peter Davies chairs their Customer Challenge Group. He believes this business model creates a different relationship with customers. People’s trust is increased when they know its non-profit status, enabling the co-creation of sustainable futures.


A Future Generations Commissioner for the UK
A Future Generations Commissioner for the UK
Please save the date for the 11 April 2017. The FDSD is hosting an evening discussion on public offices for future generations. The event is organised in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD) and the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) and will be taking place at the University of Westminster. Speakers will include Peter Davies, Wales’ first Sustainable Futures Commissioner and Sándor Fülöp, former Hungarian Ombudsman for Future Generations. Further details will be published shortly.


Watershed - Replenishing Water Values for a Thirsty World
March 22nd 2017 is World Water Day. 400 international thought leaders will meet to launch WATERSHED – “a global conversation that will help shift how the world values and understands its single most precious resource: water”. The event which includes invitations for people to share their stories, will start with an address by Pope Francis in the Vatican.
The Oxford-based campaigning organisation Climate Outreach recently published a new practical guide, Public engagement with climate change post-Brexit: a centre-right perspective, in collaboration with the Climate Coalition to offer key recommendations for language to use and avoid: "based on 11 core values and principles that centre-right audiences hold dear".
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From remunicipalisation to reprivatisation of water? The case of Mozambique 
After widespread privatisation in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, many water services around the world began to be transferred back into public control, yet, as an example from Mozambique shows, re-privatisation seems to be back on the list. Read Chris Büscher's reflections for the ESRC STEPS Centre blog.
Taming the Climate: how politicians talk about climate change
Climate change is not an easy subject for politicians – they have to turn scientific consensus about the need for action into a workable agenda that can win people’s support. But how do politicians go about this? In this blog, CUSP fellow Rebecca Willis summarises her research findings.
Sausages, evidence and policymaking
Translating research evidence into policy is messy and complicated. It is not just evidence that goes into the policymaking machine – resources, habit, experience, judgement and values are also key ingredients. But these ingredients, and the skills required to incorporate them, are often not valued or abundant in universities.

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Water - (CC 0) Yulia Sobol /
Plenary session at Budapest Water Summit 2016 - Source: BWS 2016 website
Implications of BWS 2016 - © Ferenc Cakó
Integrated management - © Lori Volkart, 2006
Participation and Water - (CC0) Jens Johnsson /
Wales Water - © Welsh Water, 2016
Water Values - (CC BY-NC 2.0) Viktor Dobai / Flickr
Save the date - (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Códice Tuna Colectivo de Arte / Flickr
Public Engagement Guide - © The Climate Coalition /
Follow the Leaders by Isaac Cordal - (CC BY 2.0) Objectif Nantes / Flickr
Mozambique blog - (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Eric Miller/ World Bank / Flickr

Sausages, evidence and policymaking - Source: Kings College Webiste  
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