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Assessing the sustainability of water governance systems: the sustainability wheel

  • Schneider, Flurina Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, Switzerland - Department of Geography and Oeschger Center for Climate Change Research, University of Bern, Switzerland - Decision Center for a Desert City, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA
  • Bonriposi, Mariano Institute of Geography and Sustainability, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Graefe, Olivier Geography Unit, Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Herweg, Karl Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Homewood, Christine Geography Unit, Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Huss, Matthias Geography Unit, Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Kauzlaric, Martina Department of Geography and Oeschger Center for Climate Change Research, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Liniger, Hanspeter Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Rey, Emmanuel Department of Geography and Oeschger Center for Climate Change Research, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Reynard, Emmanuel Institute of Geography and Sustainability, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Rist, Stephan Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Schädler, Bruno Department of Geography and Oeschger Center for Climate Change Research, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Weingartner, Rolf Department of Geography and Oeschger Center for Climate Change Research, University of Bern, Switzerland
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    11.07.2014
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  • Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. - 2014, p. 1–24
English We present and test a conceptual and methodological approach for interdisciplinary sustainability assessments of water governance systems based on what we call the sustainability wheel. The approach combines transparent identification of sustainability principles, their regional contextualization through sub-principles (indicators), and the scoring of these indicators through deliberative dialogue within an interdisciplinary team of researchers, taking into account their various qualitative and quantitative research results. The approach was applied to a sustainability assessment of a complex water governance system in the Swiss Alps. We conclude that the applied approach is advantageous for structuring complex and heterogeneous knowledge, gaining a holistic and comprehensive perspective on water sustainability, and communicating this perspective to stakeholders.
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Faculté des sciences et de médecine
Department
Département de Géosciences
Language
  • English
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Hydrology
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