Book Launch: Governing Groundwater – Between Law and Practice

  • 05 Oct 2022
  • 15:00 - 18:00
  • IHE Delft, Westvest 7, 2611 AX Delft
Western Europe
IHE Delft, Westvest 7, 2611 AX Delft

On 5 October, IHE Delft will host the book launch of 'Governing Groundwater – Between Law and Practice' by Gabriela Cuadrado-Quesada. The launch will start with presentation and will be followed by a reception. Please register (through link at the bottom of the article) if you are interested in joining.

Grass-roots water governance

How do we govern water, and how can we include communities’ experiences, knowledge, wisdom, and commitment? These are the two most important questions this book aims to answer.

Governing water resources is one of the priorities in many parts of the world where there is a lack of water. The way to address this must be found beyond isolated laws, restrictions, or limitations; they lay in the core of the communities.

Six inspiring stories, from three different continents, four countries and the voices of 120 interviewees open up an insightful and strong perspective of how groundwater governance can be shaped. The book follows current practices within communities instead of externally imposed and unrealistic guidelines.

The importance of community wisdom

Gabriela Cuadrado-Quesada has undertaken countless trips throughout India, Australia, Costa Rica, and The Netherlands. In her research she discovered, listened to, and analysed how different communities have governed water scarcity, excess of water, corporate abuse, overexploitation, and rising salinity. Cuadrado-Quesada's comprehensive research includes a historical, legal, and practical approach to water governance in the studied communities, as she searched for practices that could be of use to communities elsewhere.

The result is an inclusive vision of how different cultures shape water governance according to their social realities, needs, and challenges. It includes the message that water governance needs to be built from the core of sustainability and equity, and should respond to the commitments and beliefs that a community shares.

This book constitutes an important synthesis of realities and challenges our water governance faces all around the world and, at the same time, it opens up paths to overcome today's conflicts.  The vernacular contributions highlighted by the author are based on the wisdom of the studied communities. They advocate for the construction of governance from the grassroots, to achieve consensus and participatory advance.

This publication brings seeds of hope to those who fight to protect our water-related resources around the world. This is especially so for those who support the power cultures and communities as the driving force toward real change.

Register to attend

The book launch will start with a presentation at 15.00 and will be followed by a celebratory reception. 

If you are interested in joining, sign up via this form before September 26. The presentation will be livestreamed, and the link shared on this event page.

The book and more information about it can be found on the publisher's website.

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