Groundwater Analysis : Groundwater Governance

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This paper reviews the available groundwater governance literature with the specific aim of highlighting and critically examining the role of knowledge in supporting "good governance" of groundwater resources including how knowledge co-generation/co-production may contribute to enhancing cooperation/reducing conflict over managing shared resources. While reviews of global literature do exist, they have thus far only been used to make generic recommendations on the importance of knowledge for groundwater governance, and have not been specifically examined the role of knowledge in conflict management between different actors.
Governance is essentially a set of enabling framework and guiding principles through which institutions or set of institutions would exercise an authority. In short it shows how the decision making of this entity is taking place and how these decisions are implemented (Rogers et. al, 2006). The “good” groundwater governance could be described by the transparency of the decision-making process and its further effective implementation in meeting the sustainable and equitable management of these resources. Although groundwater governance builds onto overall water governance, the peculiarities of groundwater and the way in which it is formed, developed and exploited by different stakeholders requires specific governance principles and analysis (Paul, 2015).
Often environmental issues need interdisciplinary approaches and analysis which may not be possible
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