Transitioning urban water systems

Alison Duffy, Chris Jefferies

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    Abstract

    Water managers acknowledge on a global scale that current practices are no longer sustainable and have an adverse impact on ecology (disruptions to the water cycle and habitats), public health (water qualities, sanitation services) and the economy (flooding, drought and overuse of resources). The idea of applying transitioning approaches stems from growing recognition that changes in water management are urgently needed. The SWITCH transitioning approach was developed by consolidating the project’s existing stakeholder engagement approach with ideas on transition knowledge, an emerging new field of science.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSWITCH in the city
    Subtitle of host publicationputting urban water management to the test
    EditorsJohn Butterworth, Peter McIntyre, Carmen da Silva-Wells
    Place of PublicationThe Hague
    PublisherIRC International Water and Sanitation Centre
    Chapter3.14
    Pages396-405
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)9789066870789
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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    Duffy, A., & Jefferies, C. (2011). Transitioning urban water systems. In J. Butterworth, P. McIntyre, & C. da Silva-Wells (Eds.), SWITCH in the city: putting urban water management to the test (pp. 396-405). The Hague: IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre.