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Looking Beyond (and Below) Institutions: The Role of Cultural Values in Sustaining Water Resources

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dc.contributor.author Groenfeldt, David
dc.date.accessioned 2011-04-25T18:29:28Z
dc.date.available 2011-04-25T18:29:28Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7367
dc.description.abstract "Conceptual approaches to understanding water resources management include an emphasis on management, institutions, and environment. Each of these has proven important in stimulating reforms and building capacity for more effective and sustainable water management. A values approach offers a similarly novel way of understanding, and improving, water policies and management practices. The approach applies concepts from environmental ethics and cultural studies to focus on the often hidden values which motivate water behavior. The example of the Santa Fe River (New Mexico, USA) illustrates how deeply held utilitarian values about nature are reflected in policies which are regarded as unsustainable from a scientific perspective. Strong institutions enforce and reward private water rights and exacerbate the unsustainable water practices. Analysis of the Santa Fe case suggests the need for an environmentally-oriented water ethic, but changing values is a complicated process. While there are many potential and complementary ways to influence water values, the most promising avenue is governance arrangements that include a broad range of stakeholders, including environmental voices. By acknowledging values and ethics as an explicit dimension of water management, institutions can function more flexibly and water use might become more sustainable." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject culture en_US
dc.subject ethics en_US
dc.subject value en_US
dc.subject environment en_US
dc.subject governance and politics en_US
dc.title Looking Beyond (and Below) Institutions: The Role of Cultural Values in Sustaining Water Resources en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region North America en_US
dc.coverage.country United States en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Sustaining Commons: Sustaining Our Future, the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates January 10-14 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Hyderabad, India en_US

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