Sociocultural Dimensions in Water Resources Management

Publication | April 2024

While governments and authorities look for technical solutions to water resources management, they can often overlook local knowledge and cultural aspects.

Sociocultural Dimensions in Water Resources Management: Policies, Practices, and Challenges critically explores the complex challenges of ensuring sustainable development and effective water governance amid diverse cultural contexts. Through a compilation of insightful case studies and research from across Asia, the book emphasizes the importance of acknowledging and incorporating cultural values, traditional knowledge, and community engagement in water resources management strategies. It also sheds light on the challenges and opportunities of adopting culturally sensitive approaches that recognize the intrinsic value of sociocultural dimensions in shaping sustainable water governance models.

The edited volume proposes four key policy highlights. First, policy makers should incorporate sociocultural aspects into technical and economic frameworks for comprehensive management. Second, local decision-making should be emphasized to enhance governance through active community participation. Third, merging indigenous knowledge and traditional practices with modern technology is crucial for enhancing climate resilience and underscoring the significant environmental benefits. Fourth, it is essential to advocate for the preservation and transfer of traditional knowledge across generations.

These principles can form the backbone of a sustainable and culturally attuned water governance framework. The book’s messages are crafted to be accessible and engaging for a wide audience, underscoring the importance of imparting this knowledge to the next generation.


Additional Details

  • Environment
  • Governance and public sector management
  • Social development and protection
  • Water
  • China, People's Republic of
  • Hong Kong, China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Korea, Republic of
  • Thailand
  • Viet Nam
  • ISBN 978-4-89974-303-3 (Print)
  • ISBN 978-4-89974-304-0 (PDF)

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