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Title: Hydrosocial Rupture: Causes and Consequences for Transboundary Governance
Authors: Miller, Michelle Ann 
Alfajri, Alfajri
Astuti, Rini
Grundy-Warr, Carl
Middleton, Carl
Tan, Zu
Taylor, David
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2021
Publisher: The Resilience Alliance
Citation: Miller, Michelle Ann, Alfajri, Alfajri, Astuti, Rini, Grundy-Warr, Carl, Middleton, Carl, Tan, Zu, Taylor, David (2021-07-01). Hydrosocial Rupture: Causes and Consequences for Transboundary Governance. ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Unsustainable models of growth-based development are pushing aquatic ecologies outside known historical ranges and destabilising human activities that have long depended on them. This paper develops the concept of hydrosocial rupture to explore how human-water resource connections change when they are exposed to cumulative development pressures. We analyse stakeholder perceptions of hydrosocial ruptures in two sites in Southeast Asia: (a) peatlands in Riau Province, Indonesia, and (b) Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia. In both contexts, capital-driven processes have reconfigured human-water resource connections to generate transgressive social and environmental consequence that cannot be contained within administrative units or property boundaries. Our findings show how these ruptured hydrosocial relations are perceived and acted upon by the most proximate users of water resources. In Cambodia, a policy of resettlement has sought to thin hydrosocial relations in response to biodiversity loss, chronic pollution and changing hydrology in Tonle Sap Lake. By contrast, in Indonesia's Riau province, efforts are underway to thicken human-water relations by hydrologically rehabilitating peatlands drained for agricultural development. We argue that in both of these contexts hydrosocial ruptures should be understood as phenomena of transboundary governance that cannot be addressed by individual groups of users, sectors or jurisdictions.
Source Title: ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/193894
ISSN: 17083087
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