An open access special issue on The productivity and profitability of small scale communal irrigation systems in South-eastern Africa
has been published in the International Journal of Water Resources Development
. These 11 articles on small scale irrigation include: an exploration of the profitability and productivity barriers and opportunities; case studies from each of the three countries; an overview of extension use; income inequality; a soil water and solute learning system; the theory and application of Agricultural Innovation Platforms; policy barriers and opportunities for enhanced productivity; and an overview article on findings on productivity and profitability.
The research finds that if irrigation systems are to successfully secure food supplies under a changing climate, donors must invest in better scheme management rather than only investing in infrastructure. You can access the full volume or individual articles by visiting http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cijw20/33/5
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We would like to draw your attention to “Managing fragmentation and complexity in the emerging system of international climate finance", a special issue of the journal International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics
. The special issue, edited by Jonathan Pickering, Carola Betzold and Jakob Skovgaard, focuses on mapping the fragmented climate finance system, analysing the causes and consequences of fragmentation and discussing policy responses. This is done through in-depth articles covering topics including the allocation and ambiguity of adaptation finance, mobilising private adaptation finance, and exploring the role of Multilateral Development Banks, finance ministries and domestic party politics in climate finance allocation and negotiations. The introduction and a few other articles are open access (see below).
The authors' post on the INOGOV blog
provides more explanation of the post-US election state of affairs of the climate finance system and of the contributions of the special issue. Read More...
The journal Ecology and Society
has come out with a special feature
on resilient flood risk governance. The publication is a deliverable of the EU project STAR-FLOOD
("Strengthening and redesigning European flood risk practices: towards appropriate and resilient flood risk governance arrangements"). The STAR-FLOOD project designed policies to better deal with river flood risks in urban areas across Europe from a combined public administration and legal perspective, with the aim to make European regions more resilient to flood risks.
STAR-FLOOD investigated strategies for dealing with flood risks in 18 vulnerable urban regions in six European countries. This special feature of E&J
aims to disseminate the project's main research results to an audience of scholars and practitioners with an interest in increasing the resilience of social-ecological systems to catastrophic natural hazards, and flood risks in particular. The special feature is available here
. It includes 16 articles in all. Read More...
The journal Regional Environmental Change
has released a Special Issue on "Resilience in the rural Andes: critical dynamics, constraints and emerging opportunities
," which presents current advances in resilience science and practice.Abstract
The Andes present an ideal learning space to draw lessons on existing and emerging resilience challenges and opportunities. Andean people and societies have co-evolved with the unique high-mountain contexts in which they live, sometimes in altitudes of more than 3800 m. Although historical achievements including irrigation systems, domestication of cameloids (llama and alpaca) and crop preservation techniques facilitated the development of ancient civilisations in the Andes, modern Andean people face serious challenges in achieving food security and wellbeing. This Special Issue aims to improve our understanding of the key dynamics of socio-ecological systems that constrain or foster resilience in the rural Andes. It comprises six papers that investigate three core features of resilience in a variety of socio-ecological systems: diversity, connectivity and development models. The novel insights into resilience dynamics include specific features related to the high-mountain contexts and socio-political tensions in the Andes. Future research can build on this knowledge to further not only resilience theory but also methodological approaches which reflect both case-specific and generic complexity. Read More...