Case Studies in STEER
STEER comprises five in-depth case studies: the Weser-Ems region (Germany), the Emscher region (Germany), the Guadalquivir catchment (Spain), the Kharaa catchment (Mongolia) and the uMngeni catchment area (South Africa). In collaboration with the Technical University of Isfahan, STEER’s approach is also applied to an associated case study, the Zayandeh-Rud catchment (Iran).
Findings are to be validated based in ca. 15 validation case studies.
Planned Activities in the In-Depth Case Studies
- Develop solutions to the main utilization conflicts together with stakeholders and test innovation potentials
- Identify best-practice examples and analyze these with respect to their further development and possibilities for transfer
- Apply an integrative perspective that considers multiple sectors and governance scales (from the local to the EU level)
- Analyse cooperation and coordination structures as well as decision making authority at various levels in order to recognise barriers to the implementation of programmes developed by the Emschergenossenschaft
- Identify approaches for overcoming such barriers, particularly with respect to a flexible realisation of legally required measures
- Identify coordination and cooperation deficits
- Develop solution approaches tailored to the regional context
- Implement and evaluate innovative methods for strengthening intersectoral coordination and cooperation
In close cooperation with the Kharaa / Yeruu river basin authority as a practice partner and the related river basin council, cooperation and coordination problems in the Kharaa-Yeruu catchment (Mongolia) will be the focus of interest with regard to selected use conflicts (such as the trade-off between mining and protection of water resources).
uMngeni (South Africa)
- Support to filling of existing deficits in horizontal and vertical coordination among governance bodies
- Identification of existing forms of collaboration that allow the inclusion of stakeholders who currently do not take part in water governance and management
- Utilisation of existing capacities in the available fora in order to strengthen addressing lower level needs in higher level policies
- Enhancing local capacities for adaptive and integrated water resources management
Associated Case Study
The STEER team with the close collaboration of Isfahan University of Technology investigates the decisive factors for successful intersectoral coordination crossing administrative and spatial levels, as well as their role for integrated and adaptive water management in Zayandeh-Rud basin.