Dore, J., Lebel, L., & Molle, F. (2012). A framework for analysing transboundary water governance complexes, illustrated in the Mekong Region. Journal of Hydrology, 466-467, 23–36

Most useful from this article are the definitions provided for a number of important concepts found throughout the water discourse literature. For instance:

Water governance: understood as a social process of dialogue, negotiation and decision-making; or, instrumentally, as a means to achieve pre-determined objectives (23)

Flows: flows of people and capital the result of spatial differences in wealth, job opportunities, resource endowments, environmental degradation, business regulation, law enforcement and political freedom – these flows reshape societies and economies and usually add further pressure to natural resources, including rivers and groundwaters (24)

Scale: defined as the spatial, temporal, quantitative, or analytical dimensions used to measure, or rank, and study any phenomenon
• Temporal scale – management and electoral cycles
• Spatial scale – domains of administration, hydrology, economy or ecosystem (27)

Level: unit of analysis located at different positions on a scale
• E.g. administration scale can have district, provincial, national and regional levels, whereas levels of interest to hydrologist will likely be watersheds, aquifers, sub-basin, national river basin, and international river basins (27)

The authors situation their proposed framework for transboundary water governance analysis in the Mekong Region. The identified key elements of the framework are context, drivers, arenas, tools, decisions and impacts.

Though not entirely relevant for my own purposes, the take-away points from this article are the clarifications and understandings given on issues such as discourse, institutions, leaders, understandings around power. Less so are the identification of deliberation tools used to explore options, examine technical outputs and contestation over discourses. Specifically, these tools are: Multistakeholder Platforms (MSP), technical tools (CBA, IA, modeling), and advocacy tools (lobbying, protesting, advertising, debating, etc).

If I choose to use the Mekong River basin as a case study location, this article will be more useful. At the moment, it’s usefulness lies in the definitions of concept provided.

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