Governing water resources is clearly not a simple challenge with a single answer; success
a region’s water and other natural resources, the
human and environmental uses or the water,unctioning institutions, and a legitimate gov
ernment that can see the plans to ruition. In
Governance as a Trialogue: Government-Society- Science in Transition
governance, examining a “trialogue” model thatcomprises the set o actors and their interactionsrequired to achieve management goals. Whilethis book does not prove the model’s eective
ness, its investigation will be benefcial to thoseattempting to esh out the requirements orgood water governance.
resource so as to balance protection with ben
efcial use in such a way as to mitigate conict,enhance equity, ensure sustainability and holdofcials accountable” (p. 12). With this def
nition in mind, the authors have developed a working model o governance as a trialogue.
cess—government, society, and science—interact
are the arenas in which inormation is trans
erred between experts and other actors, personalrelationships are built, and decisions are made.Each interace is briey described in an introduc
tory chapter and reerred to in a subsequent case
ace receives more attention than the interaces
not always have the same amount o inuence onthe process or the end result. Given the impor
tance o these interaces, it is unortunate thatthe editors did not make more o an attempt tomap the dynamics o each interace between the
ecosystem governance, oering those with lim
ited knowledge a basis rom which to assessthe trialogue model. Malin Falkenmark’s chap
Ecosystems and Social Needs,” steps back toexplore how the nature o ecosystems determines which resources can be governed and the way in which they should be governed. It succinctly describes water’s role in all ecosystems and theessential unction it plays in allowing humans toprovide or themselves. While the fve chapters inthis section repeat the defnition o some termsand explanations o conceptual topics, they coverimportant ground: what governance is, whatmakes or good governance, and how the processplays out at varying scales.
applies the model to ecosystems, but not always
tion each illustrate at least one o the model’sinteraces. However, there is nothing tying thearticles together to guide the reader through their
could be improved by a set o graphics that iden
tifes the interace being investigated and how the arguments either support or challenge thevalidity o the model.
Operation Firestop Campaign,” Sandra Fowkes
Wat managmnt is tly an iss fo vyon, whth yo liv in a dvloping o dvlopd conty, o in a wat-ich o wat-