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1 EUWARENESS European Water Regimes and the Notion of a Sustainable Status Stefan Kuks University of Twente Netherlands

2 Project organisation Project started in March 2000 Project started in March 2000 Six countries (Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland) Six countries (Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland) Coordination by University of Twente, partners in Louvain, Tours, Barcelona, Milano, Lausanne Coordination by University of Twente, partners in Louvain, Tours, Barcelona, Milano, Lausanne Project completed in February 2002 Project completed in February 2002

3 Project results Theoretical work Theoretical work Per country a study of the national regime evolution ( ) Per country a study of the national regime evolution ( ) Per country two case studies at water basin level ( ), focusing on integration attempts Per country two case studies at water basin level ( ), focusing on integration attempts Comparative work Comparative work

4 Project focus (1) Rivalries between uses/users of the same water resource (water basin) Rivalries between uses/users of the same water resource (water basin) Rivalries are based on a specific distribution of property rights Rivalries are based on a specific distribution of property rights Redistribution of rights as an indicator for more sustainable (integrated) water management Redistribution of rights as an indicator for more sustainable (integrated) water management

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6 Project focus (2) Water resource regimes as a combination of property rights and public governance Water resource regimes as a combination of property rights and public governance Evolution of water resource regimes: Evolution of water resource regimes: –no regime (no scarcity) –simple regime (discovery of scarcity) –complex regime (start of rivalry) –integrated regime (crisis, collapse and degradation due to over-use)

7 Project focus (3) Regime change: analysis of transitions from one phase to another Regime change: analysis of transitions from one phase to another Change agents and conditions for regime change Change agents and conditions for regime change Complex regimes: from fragmentation to to integration Complex regimes: from fragmentation to to integration Effective integration (PR redistribution) or integration attempts Effective integration (PR redistribution) or integration attempts

8 Project focus (4) Dimensions of integration: Dimensions of integration: –regime extent: scope –internal coherence of property rights (role of public domain) –internal coherence of policy design (levels, networks, perspectives, strategies, resources) –external coherence between property rights and policy design (regime coherence)

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10 Forthcoming book publications The Evolution of National Water Regimes in Europe - Transitions in Water Rights and Water Policies towards Sustainability The Evolution of National Water Regimes in Europe - Transitions in Water Rights and Water Policies towards Sustainability Integrated Governance and Water Basin Management - Conditions for Regime Change towards Sustainability Integrated Governance and Water Basin Management - Conditions for Regime Change towards Sustainability Summer 2003 Summer 2003 Kluwer Academic Publishers Kluwer Academic Publishers

11 Main questions discussed Do integrated water regimes lead to more sustainable water use? What are important indicators for integrated water regimes? Under what conditions can integrated water regimes be achieved? What could be the influence of Europe and national conditions, to achieve regime transitions at water basin scale?

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