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Sunday 14th April 2024

Governance and policy


New policy directives require greater stakeholder input and participation. In turn, this requires new forms of governance and institutions to manage water resources. Voluntary action is expected to complement regulation and market incentives but in some cases, it may in fact be inhibited by the interactions of regulation and the market. These processes need appraising to maximise their effectiveness and longevity.

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We will:

  • Characterise and assess who participates in planning and implementation of catchment & river basin planning; and if representation matter
  • Develop context dependent criteria to evaluate and understand collaborative governance structures and processes
  • Design and evaluate stakeholder mediated modelling approaches to tackle water quality issues
  • Explore how public views on governance structures inform public preferences for policy options



Dr. Kirsty Blackstock, The James Hutton Insitute


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