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What Factors Explain Acceptance of Water Supply Innovations?

UCR School of Public Policy & UCR Library

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (PDT)

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Water Seminar Series: Water Supply Innovations Mar 13, 2018 Free  

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"What Factors Explain Acceptance of Water Supply Innovations?"

David L. Feldman (Professor, University of California, Irvine)

 

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Numerous methods, some novel, have been introduced to address water shortages and enhance water quality – ranging from reuse of wastewater for potable as well as non-potable uses to desalination, storm-water harvesting, and bio-filtration of pollutants. While all are technically feasible, their adoption hinges on their costs and perceived benefit; the ability to mitigate risks; the degree to which they can be made to “fit” within urban planning constraints; and, their public acceptability. The latter, depends upon political processes that engage various stakeholders in decisions to adopt them. A fundamental lesson from debates over water alternatives is the need to seek the most adaptive and resilient solutions that rely on flexible, multi-pronged solutions, generate few negative consequences that are costly to mitigate, help conserve resources for renewal and innovation, focus on local-level capacity to build administrative confidence, and - most of all - are perceived as fair across economic, gender, and ethnic variables. We explore these lessons multinationally - drawing on examples from China, Japan, sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, Israel, Australia, and the U.S.A that underscore how these factors play out under unique cultural as well as political constraints.

 

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David Feldman is a Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy and Political Science in the School of Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine, and Director of Water UCI - an educational, outreach, and research center. He specializes in water resources management and policy, global climate change policy, ethics and environmental decisions, adaptive management and sustainable development. His current research is focused on the sources of value conflicts over allocation and distribution of water, innovations in urban water management, and the difficulties in achieving institutional reform to promote equity in water management in the U.S. and elsewhere.

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900 University Avenue
University of California, Riverside
Orbach Library 240 Conference Room
Riverside, CA 92521

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (PDT)


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