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The changing role of local government in managing water resources

A Relu Policy and Practice Note (No. 20) that reviews how research can help local government to meet the challenges of taking on a central role in water resource management at a time of political and environmental change?

Year of Publication2010

Local government is taking on a new strategic role in natural resource management and at the same time is required to implement wide-ranging national policies on community involvement and action. Water is a vital resource and, in a small and crowded country, variations in the water supply may have profoundly negative effects on people, businesses and the natural environment. Land use is also a key factor in decisions about water management. In an era of climate change this is a particularly complex challenge that will require joined up delivery at different spatial scales, and a shift in the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders, with local government taking a lead.

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stakeholder engagementland use
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Harnessing the social and natural sciences for sustainable rural development

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