New water culture under fuzziness: using complexity to reframe water policy debates

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The paper focuses on the idea that the language of current urban water management is full of fussiness what address different forms of uncertainty within the city territory. Therefore, the importance of water governance and its cultural adaptation has become a major issue of discussion. At the same time, concerns have been raised that traditional water culture is wrongly adapted to challenges associated with climate change, population growth, ecological and social imbalances. Integrated water management represents fully complex approach to governance in functionally specified field of ecosystem planning policy. The aim of the paper is to examine calling for new water ethics and its new culture of managing. In addition, the paper contributes to the debates about co-designing with nature and reviving success of old traditions. Indeed, management in the sense of new water culture requires knowledge of the system in its full complexity. While time lasts there will always be a struggle around water, but as Jerome Delli Priscoli (1998) states water is far more humanity's learning ground for building communities. In fact, the social learning and collective knowledge of the system are recognized as crucial step for water management. Therefore, partnerships through water sharing plans can be seen as a way to increase water resilience to such events as droughts and floods. The paper’s findings are supported by theoretical arguments and practical experiences from the project: Redevelopment of residential neighborhood ilina-HÆjik, which potential is in the way how to sha specific area of urban fringe.
Book of proceedings: Annual AESOP Congress, Definite Space – Fuzzy Responsibility, Prague, 13-16th July, 2015
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