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Tortajada C.,National University of Singapore | Tortajada C.,International Center for Water and Environment
International Journal of Water Resources Development | Year: 2010

This paper summarizes the discussions held during a brainstorming session on water governance organized as part of the First Global Water Policy Dialogue of the Institute of Water Policy of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore, and the Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico. The objective was to formulate a priority research agenda on water governance which would focus on vital issues ahead such as linkages and drivers of change in the water sector and the type of institutions and instruments that are and will be needed in order to face the increasing challenges in the sector. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.


Tortajada C.,National University of Singapore | Tortajada C.,International Center for Water and Environment
International Journal of Water Resources Development | Year: 2010

This paper presents an analysis of the issues discussed at a special international workshop on water governance. While it is generally accepted that good governance for the water sector is essential, it is also clear that its implementation requires qualitative and quantitative factors, which may vary from one country to another. In order to objectively assess the opportunities and constraints of implementing good water governance practices, a group of selected international experts were invited to address this complex issue. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.


Tortajada C.,International Center for Water and Environment | Tortajada C.,National University of Singapore | Pobre K.,National University of Singapore
Hydrological Sciences Journal | Year: 2011

This paper explores the role of the media in the Singapore-Malaysia water relationships, focusing on the water negotiations during the 1997-2004 period. Detailed examination of reports from the print media of Singapore, Malaysia and international sources constitutes the basis for a discussion of the roles the media have played between the two countries. The analysis shows how the media slowly evolved from being mainly a reporter to becoming an active platform for communication between the interested parties, acting both officially and unofficially, as well as directly and subtly, leading to shaping public opinion in either of the two countries, particularly regarding their water relationship. © 2011 IAHS Press.


Soderbaum P.,Mälardalen University | Tortajada C.,International Center for Water and Environment | Tortajada C.,National University of Singapore
Water International | Year: 2011

One of the most challenging issues in the multi-dimensional field of water resources has been the implementation of "sustainable development", especially using it to improve management practices and processes. This paper analyzes the complexity of the involvement of the growing number of actors in the water sector guided, unavoidably, by their individual and collective values and ideological orientations. © Copyright 2011 International Water Resources Association.


Biswas A.K.,Third World Center for Water Management | Biswas A.K.,Institute of Water Policy | Tortajada C.,Third World Center for Water Management | Tortajada C.,Institute of Water Policy | Tortajada C.,International Center for Water and Environment
International Journal of Water Resources Development | Year: 2010

During the 1980s, after years of centralized management and a culture of inefficiency and corruption, the Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority (PPWSA) was dysfunctional. Unaccounted for water routinely surpassed 70%. During the 15-year timeframe between 1993 and 2008, it experienced a metamorphosis; with enlightened management and dedicated and competent staff, the Authority has been completely turned around. Its annual water production increased by 437%, the distribution network by 557%, pressure of the system by 1260%, and its customer base by 662%. Unaccounted for water was reduced from 72% to 6.19%. Its profit increased consistently as has the amount of taxes paid to the Cambodian Government. This paper is a summary of an independent evaluation that examines how this remarkable transformation has been achieved. © 2010 Taylor and Francis. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.


Biswas A.K.,Third World Center for Water Management | Tortajada C.,International Center for Water and Environment
International Journal of Water Resources Development | Year: 2011

Much has been written and discussed in recent years on the water crisis and the belief that the world may run out of water in the foreseeable future. The main issue, however, is not physical scarcity of water but poor management. It is primarily a crisis due to mismanagement. An important result of such poor management practices has been the continual deterioration of water quality on a global basis. The main emphasis in the past and present has been on water quantity management, including allocation. Managing water quality is still not receiving adequate attention, because it is significantly more complex, difficult and expensive compared with water quantity management. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.

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