Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.5751/es-12545-260321
Title: Hydrosocial rupture: Causes and consequences for transboundary governance
Authors: Miller, Michelle A. 
Alfajri, Department of International Relations, Universitas Abdurrab, Indonesia.
Astuti, Rini 
Grundy-Warr, Carl 
Middleton, Carl
Tan, Zu Dienle 
Taylor, David M. 
Keywords: Hydrosocial relations
Rupture
Southeast Asia
Transboundary water governance
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2021
Publisher: Resilience Alliance
Citation: Miller, Michelle A., Alfajri, Department of International Relations, Universitas Abdurrab, Indonesia., Astuti, Rini, Grundy-Warr, Carl, Middleton, Carl, Tan, Zu Dienle, Taylor, David M. (2021-01-01). Hydrosocial rupture: Causes and consequences for transboundary governance. Ecology and Society 26 (3) : 21. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.5751/es-12545-260321
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: Unsustainable models of growth-based development are pushing aquatic ecologies outside known historical ranges and destabilizing human activities that have long depended on them. We develop the concept of hydrosocial rupture to explore how humanwater resource connections change when they are exposed to cumulative development pressures. The research analyzes stakeholder perceptions of hydrosocial ruptures in two sites in Southeast Asia: (1) peatlands in Riau Province, Indonesia, and (2) 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. © 2021 by the author(s). Published here under license by the Resilience Alliance.
Source Title: Ecology and Society
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/232532
ISSN: 1708-3087
DOI: 10.5751/es-12545-260321
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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