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The Next Nexus? Environmental Ethics, Water Policies, and Climate Change

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Groenfeldt, David
Journal: Water Alternatives
Volume: 3
Page(s): 575-586
Date: 2010
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/6666
Sector: Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: North America
Subject(s): environmental ethics
climate change
water management--policy
Abstract: "Water policies are based on ethical assumptions, and efforts to promote more sustainable policies need to address those underlying values. The history of water policies from 'command-and-control' to more ecological approaches reveals an ethical evolution, but adaptation to climate change will require further ethical shifts. The case of the Santa Fe river in New Mexico (USA) illustrates how values that go unrecognised interfere with sustainable management. Exploring the underlying value dynamics is an essential step in the policy reform process and takes on added urgency in the face of climate change and the need to formulate adaptive water strategies. Bringing the topic of values and ethics into the water policy discourse can help clarify management goals and promote more sustainable practices."

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