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Institutional resilience in water governance reforms
Herrfahrdt-Pähle, Elke ;  Freie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik

Main titleInstitutional resilience in water governance reforms
Subtitlethe case of Uzbekistan
AuthorHerrfahrdt-Pähle, Elke
InstitutionFreie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik
No. of Pages23 S.
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Classification (DDC)300 Social sciences
AbstractChanges in the ecological system, such as climate change, and changes in the social system,
such as political and economic transformation processes, put water governance regimes under
pressure. These regimes must either have at their disposal the needed resilience to cope with
these changes and adapt or face the need to transform into another regime configuration
which is better suited to cope with these changes. These options entail different levels of
institutional continuity and change. Three types of balances between institutional continuity
and change in social-ecological systems are elaborated: persistence, adaptive change and
transformative change. This paper addresses the challenge of water sector institutions to
provide for continuity on the one hand while meeting the need to change and adapt to new
circumstances (such as climate change or political and economic transformation) on the other
hand. Uzbekistan, which has accumulated intense pressure for change both in the social and
the ecological system, serves as a case study. Highly unsustainable use of water resources and
cotton monoculture put high pressure on the ecological system. One of the consequences, the
desiccation of the Aral Sea, has major negative repercussions in the social system (increasing
unemployment and decreasing health status of the population). Since the breakdown of the
Soviet Union political and economic reforms have taken place rather reluctantly and have not
triggered comprehensive changes in the water governance regime. Minor changes have been
introduced at the local level, but the system has not yet departed from its unsustainable path
of development. The paper concludes that the Uzbek water sector is rather resistant to change
and comprises only a low level of institutional resilience. By applying the concepts of
adaptive cycles and panarchy to institutions and water governance reform processes in
Uzbekistan some drivers of these processes are identified.
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FU DepartmentProceedings of the Berlin Conferences on   Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
Year of publication2010
Type of documentConferencepresentation
LanguageEnglish
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