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Structural and Contentual Complexity in Water Governance

Department of Animal Sciences and Aquatic Ecology, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Coupure Links 653, B-9000 Gent, Belgium
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Sustainability 2021, 13(17), 9751; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13179751
Received: 7 July 2021 / Revised: 13 August 2021 / Accepted: 20 August 2021 / Published: 30 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Reviews, Advances and Applications in Environmental Sustainability)
Social-ecological systems and governance are complex systems and crises that affect those systems are likely to be complex as well. Environmental topics are multi-faceted with respect to both structure and content. Structural complexity is about societal and institutional organization and management, whereas contentual complexity deals with environmental (or societal) analyses, knowledge, and problem-solving. Interactions between both are manifold, and it is essential they are included in decision-making. Describing these interactions results in a series of nineteen units, arranged in a matrix according to their prevailing mutual dependencies. These units show dominant processes and concepts, representative of environmental analysis. This approach, called ACCU (aggregation of concepts and complex adapted systems units), is provided with evidence through practices of, in particular, water governance. View Full-Text
Keywords: water governance; complex systems; Pentatope Model; structural complexity; contentual complexity; systems thinking water governance; complex systems; Pentatope Model; structural complexity; contentual complexity; systems thinking
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Vannevel, R.; Goethals, P.L.M. Structural and Contentual Complexity in Water Governance. Sustainability 2021, 13, 9751. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13179751

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