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Governance as a Trialogue: Government-Society-Science in Transition

Governance as a Trialogue: Government-Society-Science in Transition

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Karin R. Bencala reviews Governance as a Trialogue: Government-Society-Science in Transition.
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EnvironmEntal ChangE and SECurity program
is no longer the darling o donors such as the
is amily planning content to reposition itsel and to play the “enabling” role in developmentthat the Parliamentarians describe? Or will
The Role of the World Bank 
oers welcomesigns that the negative tide that started at the1984 Mexico City population conerence may be beginning to turn.
Return of the Population Growth Factor 
cites the inclusion o universalaccess to reproductive health as a target underthe MDG on maternal health as a symbol o 
ning’s relevance and tactics are still evident.
nity should continue to document their positiveresults on social and economic indicators, andto loudly and consistently emphasize the volun
The Global Family Planning Revolution 
kind o patience and creativity demonstrated by these programs may well be required i amily planning is to achieve a comeback.
The impacts of rapid population  growth on poverty, food production, and the environment 
Durham, NC: Duke University.
Population  growth and economic development: Policy questions 
The ends of the earth 
Finance and Development 34(1),
Population: The ultimate resource.
Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
State of the world’s population 2007: Unleashing the potential of  urban growth 
For many years, the feld o water management was dominated by large dam construction and
es could solve the world’s water challenges.
model; while it has existed in various ormsor decades, only within the past decade hasit emerged as the new paradigm or managing  water and other resources to ensure a sustain
ple and the environment. Many water managersnow grapple with the challenge o developing 
address the many disparate interests involved.
Karin R. Bencala
is a wat socs plan-
ner at the Interstate Commission on the
Potomac riv Basin. Pviosly, sh was apogam assistant with th envionmntalChang and Scity Pogam. Sh has amast’s dg in nvionmntal scincand managmnt with a focs in politicalconomy of th nvionmnt and fshwat managmnt fom th Bn School at thunivsity of Califonia, Santa Babaa.
Governance as a Trialogue:Government-Society-Science in Transition
Edited by Anthony R. Turton, Hanlie J. Hattingh, Gillian A. Maree, Dirk J. Roux, Marius Claassen, Wilma F. Strydom New York: Springer, 2007. 354 pages.
Reviewed by KARIN R. BENCALA
ECSp rEport
iSSuE 13
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 eective
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 conict,enhance equity, ensure sustainability and holdofcials 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 inormation is trans
erred between experts and other actors, personalrelationships are built, and decisions are made.Each interace is briey described in an introduc
tory chapter and reerred to in a subsequent case
ace receives more attention than the interaces
not always have the same amount o inuence onthe process or the end result. Given the impor
tance o these interaces, it is unortunate thatthe editors did not make more o an attempt tomap the dynamics o each interace between the
ecosystem governance, oering 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’sinteraces. 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 interace being investigated and how the arguments either support or challenge thevalidity o the model.
Operation Firestop Campaign,” Sandra Fowkes
Wat managmnt is tly an iss fo vyon, whth yo liv in a dvloping o dvlopd conty, o in a wat-ich o wat-
scarce region.

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