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Jan. 6, 2020 - Feb. 20, 2020
Call for Abstract on an edited Book on Risk Informed Transboundary Water Governance Systems in South Asia :Towards Building Regional Solidarities
A Joint Proposal by Oxfam India and the Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies (JTSDS), Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Last Date for Abstract Submission: 20th February, 2020
Historically, water has served as a traditional medium of exclusion that leads to further disenfranchisement of poor and marginal populations including riparian communities. Water governance thus becomes a critical tool to not only regulate water management but also to serve as an intervention to bring about equity in the society. Today, water risks are diverse and varied and therefore water responsibilities must be shared through prolonged and sustained cooperation between communities, regions and nations that use common water resources. In the transboundary context, the governance framework therefore must integrate an iterative riskinformed approach that identifies and mitigates water risks at all stages of policy planning and implementation while being cognizant of the roles of water users and water actors in the region. An analysis of risk that informs transboundary water governance will strengthen community resilience and positively contribute to building adaptive capacities of the community in a changing world.
Riskinformed planning and programming should aim to fortify resilience, against shocks and stresses by recognizing and addressing the root causes and drivers of risk. These include existing vulnerabilities, lack of capacity, and exposure to various hazards that can amplify poverty. Risk Informed Planning requires a strong risk analysis of the multiple hazards faced by households and communities in the context of shared water resources. Perpetuating unmitigated risks threaten equitable preservation of water bodies. On the other hand, mechanisms for distribution can help create the context for good, robust governance. Riskinformed transboundary water governance requires governments, civil society organizations and other nonstate actors to be involved in the design and adjustment of programmes to ensure that they make a proactive commitment to reducing risk and enhance well being of those most vulnerable. A participatory process that includes community engagement, and one that is built on the foundations of regional cooperation and solidarity will ensure a system of water governance that protects water rights and leaves no one behind. With this perspective, the editors invite original papers from authors on cutting edge debates, issues and challenges, traversing both theory and practice, including policy, planning and action. Authors of selected papers (submitted in full by March 15th, 2020) will be invited by Oxfam for an authors workshop at TISS, Mumbai on 2nd April, 2020, which will be led by the editors to bring about coherence in the book. These papers will also be included for presentation at the International Roundtable on 3rd and 4th April, 2020 at TISS).
3. Themes (Indicative):
The proposed book aims to consolidate ideas, interventionist work, policylevel engagements, critical theoretical interpretations, debates, dilemmas, challenges and trends in the areas of riskinformed transboundary water governance. Authors may select any topic from the major themes and sub themesas given below (these are to be viewed as broad and indicative to help authors decide on their focus.They are welcome to deviate from these too):
2. Risk Informed Water Governance: Critical Theoretical Interpretations
3. Contemporary Issues in Transboundary Water Governance (CaseStudy Based Chapters)
4. Natural Resource Manangment & Water Governance, river basins & their ecosystems, Rationale for integrating Risk Informed Planning to water resource management, water actors, water rights & responsibilities
4. Editors: Prof. Janki Andharia, Mukunda Upadhayay with a few others will be the editors of this book. The Editorial Board will be led by Pankaj Anand Director Oxfam India and Prof. Janki Andharia TISS
5. Submission Guidelines: Academicians, Researchers, practitioners and Policy Makers are invited to submit Abstract of their original work in a doc format “AbstractName of Author, <Title of Paper>” <Email and phone number for communication> ” to email@example.com on or before February 20th, 2020. In a coverpage, authors are requested to provide their name, institutional affiliation and a 100word author profile. Abstracts must be written in English (Times New Roman font, size 12, single space) and should not exceed 500 words. All authors, whose submissions are accepted, will be invited to send their full paper not exceeding 7000 words. The status of the proposal/ Extended Abstract shall be notified by February 25th, 2020. The First Draft of full chapters are expected to be submitted by 15th March, 2020 after which selected authors shall be invited for an author’s Workshop and RoundTable from 2nd to 4th April 2020 for finalization of chapters. All Submitted chapters shall undergo a peerreviewed process before the final publication. The papers are expected to critically examining one or more themes as mentioned in the section 3 above.
6. Important Guidelines
7. Publication: The proposed book project is a collaborative effort between Oxfam India, their partners in academic collaboration with the Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies (JTSDS), Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
8. Contact person Kindly direct your queries to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
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