Water scenario and modelling narratives. Moving towards quality narratives in water policy

01 August 2020
Narratives
Water policy
Guimarães Pereira  & Völker T

Outcomes of the workshop 'Water scenario and modelling narratives. Moving towards quality narratives in water policy', a workshop coorganised by the H2020 MAGIC and WEFE Flagship Projects, 26-27 February 2018, JRC Ispra, Italy.

Summary: The workshop organised on 26-27 February 2018 by the JRC and the H2020 MAGIC consortium. It highlighted many areas in which nexus modelling could assess policymaking narratives. It identified problematic concepts and narratives in need of thorough examination as their usage could undermine the overall objectives of existing policy making. The narratives presented for discussion triggered a great deal of critique; long-standing and taken for granted narratives such as, ‘maximisation of profit’ as the goal (in food production and in general), agriculture as being only about food production, techno-fixes such as ‘irrigation’ or ‘biofuels’ as cure and adaptation to climate change, water pricing as a key policy mechanism or economic models and markets to curate environmental issues were deemed in need of urgent review. Modelling can explore alternative narratives and goals, perhaps involving upfront actors whose interests go beyond pure economic ones.

The full report is available on request, contact info[at]magic-nexus.eu.

Quote as: Guimarães Pereira, Â. & Völker, T., Water scenario and modelling narratives. Moving towards quality narratives in water policy, Ispra: European Commission, 2020. JRC115609.

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