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Article: Aligning the Freshwater Health Index Indicator System against the Transboundary Water Governance Framework of Southeast Asia’s Sesan, Srepok, and Sekong River Basin

TitleAligning the Freshwater Health Index Indicator System against the Transboundary Water Governance Framework of Southeast Asia’s Sesan, Srepok, and Sekong River Basin
Authors
KeywordsFreshwater Health Index
legislation
transboundary water governance
integrated water resources management
Mekong
Issue Date2019
PublisherMDPI AG. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.mdpi.com/journal/water
Citation
Water, 2019, v. 11, p. 2307 How to Cite?
AbstractIndicator systems can improve water governance by integrating and simplifying data on water resources. However, to our knowledge, no indicator systems have been comprehensively assessed against the water governance framework within which they operate. We assess the policy relevance of the Freshwater Health Index (FHI) to the governance frameworks of Lao PDR, Cambodia, and Viet Nam. These governance frameworks were chosen because the FHI has been applied to the transboundary Sesan, Srepok, and Sekong (3S) river basin, which traverses the three nations. We conduct an institutional analysis, assessing the FHI indicators against each nation’s relevant laws, plans, policies and strategies, as well as international agreements. The FHI indicators varied in their alignment with the 3S’s transboundary water governance framework. Ecosystem Vitality indicators, which measure environmental health, tended to show a greater alignment than Ecosystem Service indicators. The Governance and Stakeholders indicators, which assess aspects of the governance system, were highly relevant. Comparing the 3S FHI assessment results to the water governance framework provided a case for delivering environmental flows and headwater reforestation, and improving biodiversity protection and fish passage. The generally close alignment of FHI metrics with the 3S’s water governance frameworks shows that the FHI is a policy-relevant tool.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/288201
ISSN
2018 Impact Factor: 2.524
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.536
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dc.contributor.authorLIU, X-
dc.contributor.authorSOUTER, NJ-
dc.contributor.authorWANG, RY-
dc.contributor.authorVOLLMER, D-
dc.date.accessioned2020-10-05T12:09:21Z-
dc.date.available2020-10-05T12:09:21Z-
dc.date.issued2019-
dc.identifier.citationWater, 2019, v. 11, p. 2307-
dc.identifier.issn2073-4441-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/288201-
dc.description.abstractIndicator systems can improve water governance by integrating and simplifying data on water resources. However, to our knowledge, no indicator systems have been comprehensively assessed against the water governance framework within which they operate. We assess the policy relevance of the Freshwater Health Index (FHI) to the governance frameworks of Lao PDR, Cambodia, and Viet Nam. These governance frameworks were chosen because the FHI has been applied to the transboundary Sesan, Srepok, and Sekong (3S) river basin, which traverses the three nations. We conduct an institutional analysis, assessing the FHI indicators against each nation’s relevant laws, plans, policies and strategies, as well as international agreements. The FHI indicators varied in their alignment with the 3S’s transboundary water governance framework. Ecosystem Vitality indicators, which measure environmental health, tended to show a greater alignment than Ecosystem Service indicators. The Governance and Stakeholders indicators, which assess aspects of the governance system, were highly relevant. Comparing the 3S FHI assessment results to the water governance framework provided a case for delivering environmental flows and headwater reforestation, and improving biodiversity protection and fish passage. The generally close alignment of FHI metrics with the 3S’s water governance frameworks shows that the FHI is a policy-relevant tool.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherMDPI AG. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.mdpi.com/journal/water-
dc.relation.ispartofWater-
dc.rightsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.-
dc.subjectFreshwater Health Index-
dc.subjectlegislation-
dc.subjecttransboundary water governance-
dc.subjectintegrated water resources management-
dc.subjectMekong-
dc.titleAligning the Freshwater Health Index Indicator System against the Transboundary Water Governance Framework of Southeast Asia’s Sesan, Srepok, and Sekong River Basin-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.3390/w11112307-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-85075576340-
dc.identifier.hkuros315474-
dc.identifier.volume11-
dc.identifier.spage2307-
dc.identifier.epage2307-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000502264500109-
dc.publisher.placeSwitzerland-
dc.identifier.issnl2073-4441-

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