Allocating responsibility for environmental risks: A comparative analysis of examples from water governance

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Abstract

The focus of the present study is on the allocation of responsibilities for addressing environmental risks in transboundary water governance. Effective environmental management in transboundary situations requires coordinated and cooperative action among diverse individuals and organizations. Currently, little insight exists on how to foster collective action such that individuals and organizations take the responsibility to address transboundary environmental risks. On the basis of 4 cases of transboundary water governance, it will be shown how certain allocation principles are more likely to encourage cooperative action. The main lesson from these case studies is that the allocation of responsibilities should be seen as a risk distribution problem, including considerations of effectiveness, efficiency, and fairness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-375
JournalIntegrated Environmental Assessment and Management
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Collective action
  • Environmental fairness
  • Environmental risks
  • Transboundary
  • Water governance

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