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(II) Key Debates On Water Management Models/Paradigms


International Conference on Data, Information and Knowledge for Water Governance in the Networked Society. University of Seville, Spain

The river basin organization, reflections on politics and performance.
Dave Huitema. VU University-Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Learning to swim in the troubled waters of impure public goods.
Bernard Barraque. International Center for Scientific Research on Environment (CNRS AU CIRED – HDR, France).

Information and knowledge requirements for natural resources management
today are conditioned by numerous factors: increasing possibilities provided
by polycentric and changing sources of information generation; rapid
development of earth observation technologies; different avenues for sharing
and disseminating data and information in an era of rapidly evolving
information technologies; promotion of public policies and legislation that
enhance the dissemination, harmonization and reutilization of publicly
produced information; and growing demands for information and
transparency in natural resources management from increasingly critical social
actors. In this context of change and transformation it becomes relevant to
reflect upon how particular information and knowledge for natural resources
management in general, and water resources in particular, is generated,
reproduced and becomes predominant.
The International Conference aims to analyze the current debates and
innovations regarding collaborative generation, processing and dissemination
of data, information and knowledge. It will focus specifically on the concepts
of poly-­-centricity and collaborative generation of information, quality control,
sustainability of the information cycle, public participation, open data
generation, and reuse of information.
It will also analyze the socio-­-political
implications of the new context. That is, to what degree can we expect higher
levels of citizen engagement with decision-­-making processes to emerge in this
new context? Will social actors take advantage of the new political
participation potential provided by new technologies?
These are key drivers for water governance in the near future.