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    The development and intersection of highland-coastal scale frames: a case study of water governance in central Peru


    Grainger, Sam and Hommes, Lena and Karpouzoglou, Timos and Perez, Katya and Buytaert, Wouter and Dewulf, Art (2019) The development and intersection of highland-coastal scale frames: a case study of water governance in central Peru. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 21 (4). pp. 373-390. ISSN 1523-908X

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    Abstract

    Scale framing makes an important difference to how complex environmental policy issues are defined and understood by different groups of actors. Increasing urban water demand and uncertain future climatic conditions in the Andes present major water governance challenges for the coastal regions of Peru. An understudied dimension of Peruvian water governance is how scale framing shapes the way problems are defined, and solutions are pursued. Here, we aim to strengthen the understanding of scale framing as it relates to highland-coastal interactions in central Peru between 2004 and 2015. By analysing this period of significant water governance reforms, we identify five prominent water-related frame dimensions and three differently scaled policy storylines and reveal how they developed and intersected over time. The storylines, supported by particular visualisations, either foreground ‘urbanshed’-level investment in water supply infrastructure, community-level cultural restoration for improved local agricultural production, or nationwide watershed-level financial mechanisms for highland ecosystem conservation. Our study shows how the intersection of these storylines at different moments during the policy process often had a strengthening effect, creating a coalition of actors who were then able to generate sufficient momentum and support within the Peruvian government for the implementation of conservation-based watershed investments.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Sam Grainger, Lena Hommes, Timos Karpouzoglou, Katya Perez, Wouter Buytaert & Art Dewulf (2019) The development and intersection of highland-coastal scale frames: a case study of water governance in central Peru, Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 21:4, 373-390, DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2019.1566057
    Keywords: Scale framing; visualisations; highland watershed conservation; urban water supply; water governance; Peru;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units, ICARUS
    Item ID: 13796
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/1523908X.2019.1566057
    Depositing User: Sam Grainger
    Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2021 16:17
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning
    Publisher: Routledge
    Refereed: Yes
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