Climate change, over abstraction, pollution and questionable engineering-based paradigms are contributing to a state of crisis in water governance. This paper reports on preliminary research in Lake Baiyangdian catchment, China, which has the potential to realise more systemic and adaptive forms of water governance through development and use of a method that reframes water catchment management in the form of social learning. A cross-disciplinary research group worked together with multiple-department managers and stakeholder representatives within a purposefully designed ‘learning system’ to create an insipient social learning platform. The results demonstrate the potential to reframe water catchment management in Lake Baiyangdian so as to better address the questions: who should manage the water catchment and what in the catchment should be the focus of managing?
Wei, Y.P.; Ison, R.; Colvin, J.; Collins, K. Reframing water governance: a multi-perspective study of an over-engineered catchment in China. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management (2012) 55 (3) 297-318. [DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2011.597589]