The role of water policy entrepreneurs in adaptation to change in the water sector

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Addressing pressing issues such as water scarcity, pollution or flood risks will often require major shifts in existing water management policy and policy practices. Paradigm shifts from hydraulic to ecosystem-based policies can be substantial and may also force change toward more participatory governance modes. Analysis of transitions in 15 countries and at European and global levels shows that the instigation and implementation of change has often been dependent on the crucial roles played by individuals. Water policy entrepreneurs are using their own fresh and unique strategies to direct change and may provide the insight that is needed in order to face the coming challenges, such as climate change, that will affect water systems.

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