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Culture, Politics and Climate Change : How Information Shapes Our Common Future (2014, Paperback)
It remains a central source of conflict around the world, yet it also creates partnerships. Our first step is water. Water challenges us with issues of scarcity, quality and distribution. It may seem to be a local issue, but combined with local tensions and a globalized economy, water governance is set to become one of our greatest tests of diplomatic finesse and technological synergy.
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If we can properly align local and global water governance and management, we can prepare the tools, the organizational blueprint and the political momentum needed to solve climate change. Firstly, water governance and management necessitates the cooperation of several water ecosystem stakeholders, including public utility companies, local governments and private companies. To get an idea of the number of stakeholders worldwide, consider the fact that globally there are transboundary aquifers shared by over 2 billion people. In some countries or regions, there is little exchange of information.
Partnerships surrounding shared water sources exist around the world; however, the quality and availability of data remains a key issue — and sometimes an impediment — in these partnerships. Thirdly, when countries or stakeholders exchange data, they conduct a form of diplomacy. Data exchanges are largely voluntary between governments or public entities.
Understandably, no administration is under obligation to share its own sovereign data.
This does create consequences, however, surrounding water data management — and thus extends to information management encompassing climate change. Leveraging data for the common good is not a modern idea; long ago, data became a principal unifier among the global community. Though the United Nations may be the first initiative to spring to mind, the oldest international organization is the International Telecommunication Union ITU , estab- lished in The ITU standardized the exchange of data, paving the way in how we coordinate satellite orbits, the radio spectrum and telecommunication infrastructure.
Though created more than years ago, the ITU provides the framework for how live our 21st century lives. Buttressed by the legacy of the ITU, other organizations set up the system of international cooperation and infrastructure surrounding water.
The World Meteorological Organization , for example, facilitates the establishment of networks that measure meteorological, hydrological and geophysical observations. The Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace , launched in , aims at strengthening the global framework to prevent and resolve water-related conflicts. Our next task, as we stand on the shoulders of their work and the that of many others, is to create the global technical and organizational infrastructure for water management, involving all stakeholders in the process.
The process of cohesive water measurement, collection and communication informs us regarding the development of the organizational and technical tools we need to prepare for climate change. Syncing how multiple stakeholders measure and manage water across borders prepares us to work collectively to combat global warming. The synchronization process includes data and information exchange, as well as creating an organizational layout of stakeholders.
Data in itself is not the end game. Though several countries use WaterML2 , this information exchange standard remains only a recommendation. We need to advocate for all countries to adopt their internal water data standards to WaterML2. By standardizing, we gain insight and are better enabled to plan future actions. Integrate digital infrastructure: Many modern challenges can now be met with modern solutions. Fusing our digital familiarity with water management solutions is one such possibility. For example, huge swaths of the African population now have access to a mobile phone, but fewer possess access to a safe water source.
Our infrastructure can be designed for climate change, especially as it now has the resources of lower-cost technologies. Includes bibliographical references and index.
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