Water management is increasingly challenged by climate and technological changes, socioeconomic trends, and aging infrastructure, among myriad others challenges. The traditional top-down, fragmented approach to water management is insufficient to address these challenges. Integrated water resource management, a collaborative and holistic approach, is critical to successful water management. The involvement of those who excel in multi-sector and diverse stakeholder collaboration are required. Boundary spanners are individuals within an organization who can reach across organizational borders to build relationships, interconnections, and interdependencies in order to manage complex problems. Although these individuals may operate on the edge or periphery of an organization, they position themselves as both internal and external communicators. Boundary spanners actively work toward collaboration, attempting to link diverse stakeholders, processes, and information from multiple perspectives in order to influence policies and practices and increase social learning between stakeholders. The multilevel nature of boundary spanning aids the movement and acknowledgement of ideas across various sectors, organizational or geographic boundaries, and political alliances. This article describes the need for, and incorporation of, boundary spanners in integrated water resource management.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Anthromes - Carved up by Humanity|
|Number of pages||7|
|State||Published - Jun 26 2020|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Science(all)