Co-Production of Narratives on Local Nexus Governance to Enhance Adaptive Capacity

25 August 2020
ECPR General Conference
Water Governance
Alternative water sources
water-energy-food nexus
Canary Islands

MAGIC researcher Violeta Cabello shared conceptual and empirical insights from the transdisciplinary science-for-governance approach developed within MAGIC at the ECPR General Conference in the panel "Adaptive Governance in Aquatic Social-Ecological Systems" (25 August 2020, virtual event). She explained the operationalization of the Quantitative Story Telling (QST) approach to assess narratives about the role of alternative water resources (desalination and reclamation) in the water governance context of the Canary Islands (Spain). In this study, a diversity of narratives was uncovered about current challenges of such technologies with regards to their biophysical impacts, their nexus interconnections with agriculture and energy management, and the adaptation to climate and food market changes. The results suggest that stronger local nexus governance competences are required to enhance adaptivity in such multi-driver context.

The presentation, Co-Production of Narratives on Local Nexus Governance to Enhance Adaptive Capacity, is available on our website. More details on this study in the Canary Islands are available here: report, policy brief and webpage.