Institutional perspectives and water policy

Owusu, A., M. Mul, P. van der Zaag and J. Slinger, 2021. Re-operating dams for environmental flows: From recommendation to practice. River Research and Applications 37, 176–186  [] [OPEN ACCESS]

Godinez-Madrigal, J., N. van Cauwenbergh, P. van der Zaag, 2020. Unravelling intractable water conflicts: the entanglement of science and politics in decision-making on a large hydraulic infrastructure. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 24, 4903–4921 [doi:10.5194/hess-24-4903-2020] [OPEN ACCESS]

Ekka, A., S. Pande, Y. Jiang and P. van der Zaag, 2020. Anthropogenic modifications and river ecosystem services: a landscape perspective. Special Issue “Ecosystem Functioning in Rivers and Riparian Zones.” Water 12(10), 2706 [doi:10.3390/w12102706] [OPEN ACCESS]

Savenije, H.H.G., and P. van der Zaag, 2020. Water value flows upstream. Special issue “In Memory of Prof. Arjen Y. Hoekstra.” Water 12(9), 2642 [doi:10.3390/w12092642] [OPEN ACCESS]

Sifundza, L.S., P. van der Zaag and I. Masih, 2019. Evaluation of the responses of institutions and actors to the 2015/2016 El Niño drought in the Komati catchment in Southern Africa: lessons to support future drought management. Water SA 45 (4) 547-559 [doi:10.4314/wsa.v45i3.01]

Gharesifard, M., U. Wehn and P. van der Zaag, 2019b. Context matters: a baseline analysis of contextual realities for two community-based environmental monitoring initiatives in Europe and Africa. Journal of Hydrology 579, 124144 [doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.124144]

Gharesifard, M., U. Wehn and P. van der Zaag, 2019. What influences the establishment and functioning of community-based monitoring initiatives of water and environment? A conceptual framework. Journal of Hydrology 579, 124033 [doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.124033]

Godinez-Madrigal, J., N. van Cauwenbergh, P. van der Zaag, 2019. Production of competing water knowledge in the face of water crises: Revisiting the IWRM success story of the Lerma-Chapala Basin, Mexico. Geoforum 103, 3-15 [doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2019.02.002] [OPEN ACCESS]

Kiptala, J., B. Laa, T. Hessels and P. van der Zaag, 2018c. An assessment of the value of an African landscape. The case of the Mara Basin, Kenya. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 107, 71–85 [10.1016/j.pce.2018.09.009]

Susnik, J. and P. van der Zaag, 2017. Correlation and causation within the UN Human Development Index and national and personal wealth and resource exploitation. Economic Research-Ekonomska Istraživanja 30(1), 1705–1723 [doi:10.1080/1331677X.2017.1383175] [OPEN ACCESS]

Kemerink-Seyoum, J.S., N.L.T. Chinguno, S.D. Seyoum, R. Ahlers, J.A. Bolding and P. van der Zaag, 2017. Jumping the water queue: changing waterscapes under water reform processes in rural Zimbabwe. Water SA 43(3), 423-432 [doi:10.4314/wsa.v43i3.07] [OPEN ACCESS]

Smit, H., R.M. Kassa, R. Ahlers and P. van der Zaag, 2017. The political morphology of drainage — How gully formation links to State formation in the Choke Mountains of Ethiopia. World Development 98, 231-244 [doi:10.1016/j.worlddev.2017.04.031] [OPEN ACCESS]

Rusca, M., A.S. Boakye-Ansah, A. Loftus, G. Ferrero and P. van der Zaag, 2017. An interdisciplinary political ecology of drinking water quality; exploring socio-ecological inequalities in Lilongwe’s water supply network. Geoforum 84, 138-146 [doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2017.06.013] [OPEN ACCESS]

Gharesifard, M., U. Wehn and P. van der Zaag. 2017. Towards benchmarking Citizen Observatories: features and functioning of online amateur weather networks. Journal of Environmental Management 193, 381–393 [doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.02.003]

Ping, Neoh Siew, U. Wehn, C. Zevenbergen, P. van der Zaag, 2016. Towards two-way flood risk communication: current practice in a community in the UK. Journal of Water and Climate Change 7(4), 651-664 [doi:10.2166/wcc.2016.015]

Ceola, S., A. Montanari, T. Krueger, F. Dyer, H. Kreibich, I. Westerberg, G. Carr, C. Cudennec, A. Elshorbagy, H.H.G. Savenije, P. van der Zaag et al., 2016. Adaptation of Water Resources Systems to Changing Society and Environment – A statement by the International Association of Hydrological Sciences. Hydrological Sciences Journal 61(16), 2803-2817 [doi:10.1080/02626667.2016.1230674] [OPEN ACCESS]

Kemerink, J.S., S.N. Munyao, K. Schwartz, R. Ahlers, P. van der Zaag, 2016. Why infrastructure still matters: unravelling water reform processes in an uneven waterscape in rural Kenya. International Journal of the Commons 10(2), 1055-1081 [doi:10.18352/ijc.646] [OPEN ACCESS]

Boakye-Ansah, A.S., G. Ferrero, M. Rusca and P. van der Zaag, 2016. Inequalities in microbial contamination of drinking water supplies in urban areas. The case of Lilongwe, Malawi. Journal of Water and Health 14(5), 851-863 [doi:10.2166/wh.2016.258]

Abdullah, A.D., I. Masih, P. van der Zaag, U.F.A. Karim, I. Popescu, Q. Al-Suhail, 2015. Shatt al Arab River system under escalating pressure: A preliminary exploration of the issues and options for mitigation. International Journal for River Basin Management 13(2), 215-227 [doi:10.1080/15715124.2015.1007870]

Savenije, H.H.G., A.Y. Hoekstra and P. van der Zaag, 2014. Evolving water science in the Anthropocene. In: M. Sivapalan, T.J. Troy, V. Srinivasan, A. Kleidon, D. Gerten, and A. Montanari (eds.), “Predictions under change: water, earth, and biota in the anthropocene.” Special issue. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 319–332 [doi:10.5194/hess-18-319-2014] [OPEN ACCESS]

Frerks, G., T. Dietz and P. van der Zaag, 2014. Conflict and cooperation on natural resources: justifying the CoCooN programme. In: M. Bavinck, L. Pellegrini and E. Mostert (eds.), Conflicts over Natural Resources in the Global South: Conceptual Approaches. CRC Press, New York; p.13-34 [available online] [OPEN ACCESS]

Van Koppen, B., P. van der Zaag, E. Manzungu and B. Tapela, 2014. Roman water law in rural Africa: the unfinished business of colonial dispossession. Water International 39:1, 49-62 [doi:10.1080/02508060.2013.863636] [OPEN ACCESS]

Komakech, Hans C., and Pieter van der Zaag, 2013. Polycentrism and pitfalls: the formation of water users forums in the Kikuletwa catchment, Tanzania. Water International 38(3), 231–249 [doi: 10.1080/02508060.2013.791763]

Kemerink, J.S., L.E. Méndez Barrientos, R. Ahlers, F. Wester, P. van der Zaag, 2013. Challenging the concept of Water User Associations as the vehicle for transformation: the question of inclusion and representation in rural South Africa. Water Policy 15(2): 243-257 [doi:10.2166/wp.2012.127]

Komakech, H.C., P. van der Zaag and B. van Koppen, 2012. The dynamics between water asymmetry, inequality and heterogeneity sustaining canal institutions in Makanya catchment, Tanzania. Water Policy 14(5): 800–820 [doi:10.2166/wp.2012.196].

Komakech, H.C., M. Condon and P. van der Zaag, 2012. The role of statutory and local rules in allocating water between large- and small-scale irrigators in an African river catchment. Water SA 38(1): 115-126 [doi:10.4314/wsa.v38i1.14] [OPEN ACCESS]

Kemerink, J.S., R. Ahlers and P. van der Zaag, 2011. Contested water rights in post-apartheid South Africa: the struggle for water at catchment level. Water SA 37(4): 585-594 [doi:10.4314/wsa.v37i4.16] [OPEN ACCESS]

Komakech, H.C., and P. van der Zaag, P., 2011. Understanding the emergence and functioning of river committees in a catchment of the Pangani basin, Tanzania. Water Alternatives 4(2): 197-222. [] [OPEN ACCESS]

Van der Zaag, P., 2010. Viewpoint – Water variability, soil nutrient heterogeneity and market volatility – Why sub-Saharan Africa’s Green Revolution will be location-specific and knowledge-intensive. Water Alternatives 3(1): 154-160. [] [OPEN ACCESS]

Nazer, D., M. Siebel and P. van der Zaag, Z. Mimi and H.J. Gijzen, 2010. A financial, environmental and social evaluation of domestic water management options in the West Bank, Palestine. Water Resources Management 24 (15): 4445-4467 [doi:10.1007/s11269-010-9667-z]

Van der Zaag, P., 2009. Southern Africa: Evolving regional water law and politics. Chapter 15 in: J.W. Dellapenna and J. Gupta (eds.), The Evolution of the Law and Politics of Water. Springer, Berlin; pp.245-261.

Van der Zaag, P., J. Gupta and P. Darvis, 2009. Urgent water challenges are not sufficiently researched. HESS Opinions. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 13: 905-912. [doi:10.5194/hess-13-905-2009] [OPEN ACCESS]

Gupta, J., and P. van der Zaag, 2009. The politics of water science: On unresolved water problems and biased research agendas. Global Environmental Politics 9(2): 14-24. [doi:10.1162/glep.2009.9.2.14]

Verma, S., D.A. Kampman, P. van der Zaag and A.Y. Hoekstra, 2009. Going against the flow: A critical analysis of virtual water trade in the context of India’s National River Linking Program. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 34: 261-269 [doi:10.1016/j.pce.2008.05.002]

Komnenic, V., R. Ahlers and P. van der Zaag, 2009. Assessing the usefulness of the Water Poverty Index by applying it to a special case: Can one be water poor with high levels of access? Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 34: 219-224 [doi:10.1016/j.pce.2008.03.005]

Swatuk, L.A., and P. van der Zaag, 2009. River Basin Security: Theory and Practice in the Save and Pungwe River Basins of Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Georgetown International Environmental Law Review 21(4): 705-731

Kemerink, J.S., R. Ahlers and P. van der Zaag, 2009. Assessment of the potential for hydro-solidarity within plural legal conditions of traditional irrigation systems in northern Tanzania. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 34: 881-889 [doi:10.1016/j.pce.2009.06.012]

Lamei, A., P. van der Zaag and E. Imam, 2009. Integrating wastewater reuse in water resources management for hotels in arid coastal regions – Case Study of Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Water Science and Technology 60(9): 2235–2243. [doi:10.2166/wst.2009.685]

Lamei, A, Tilmant, A, van der Zaag, P, Imam, E, 2009. Dynamic programming of capacity expansion for reverse osmosis desalination plant: Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Water Science and Technology- Water Supply 9(3): 233-246. [doi:10.2166/ws.2009.407]

Lamei, A., Von Münch, E., Van der Zaag, P., Imam, E., 2009. Optimum contracted-for water supply for hotels in arid coastal regions. Water Science & Technology 59: 1541-1550 [doi:10.2166/wst.2009.151]

Lamei, A., Van der Zaag, P., von Münch, E, 2009. Water resources management to satisfy high water demand in the arid Sharm El Sheikh, the Red Sea, Egypt. Desalination and Water Treatment 1: 299-306 [doi:10.5004/dwt.2009.119]

Lamei, A., van der Zaag, P., von Münch, E., 2008. Impact of solar energy cost on water production cost of seawater desalination plants in Egypt. Energy Policy 36: 1748-1756 [doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2007.12.026]

Lamei, A., Van der Zaag, P., von Münch, E, 2008. Basic cost equations to estimate unit production costs for RO desalination and long-distance piping to supply water to tourism-dominated arid coastal regions of Egypt. Desalination 225: 1-12 [doi:10.1016/j.desal.2007.08.003]

Van der Zaag, P., and J. Gupta, 2008. Scale issues in the governance of water storage projects. Water Resour. Res. 44, W10417 [doi:10.1029/2007WR006364]

Savenije, H.H.G., and P. van der Zaag, 2008. Integrated water resources management concepts and issues. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 33: 290-297 [doi:10.1016/j.pce.2008.02.003]

Gupta, J., and P. van der Zaag, 2008. Interbasin water transfers and integrated water resources management: Where engineering, science and politics interlock. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 33: 28-40 [doi:10.1016/j.pce.2007.04.003]

Van der Zaag, P., 2007. Asymmetry and equity in water resources management; critical governance issues for Southern Africa. Water Resources Management 21(12): 1993-2004. [doi:10.1007/s11269-006-9124-1]

Merrey, D.J., R. Meinzen-Dick, P.P. Mollinga, E. Karar, W. Huppert, J. Rees, J. Vera, K. Vegerich and P. van der Zaag, 2007. Policy and institutional reform: the art of the possible. Chapter 5 in D. Molden (ed.), Water for Food, Water for Life: A Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture. London: Earthscan and Colombo: International Water Management Institute; pp. 193-231 [] [OPEN ACCESS]

Love, D., Twomlow S., Mupangwa W., Van der Zaag P., Gumbo B., 2006. Implementing the millennium development food security goals – Challenges of the southern African context. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 31 (15-16): 731-737. [doi:10.1016/j.pce.2006.08.002]

Van der Zaag, P., 2005. Integrated water resources management: relevant concept of irrelevant buzzword? A capacity building and research agenda for southern Africa. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 30: 867-871. [doi:10.1016/j.pce.2005.08.032]

Mkandla, N., P. van der Zaag and P. Sibanda, 2005. Bulawayo water supplies: sustainable alternatives for the next decade. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 30: 935-942. [doi:10.1016/j.pce.2005.08.040]

Gumbo B., P. van der Zaag, P.B. Robinson, L. Jonker and J.S. Buckle, 2004. Training needs for water demand management. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 29: 1365-1373. [doi:10.1016/j.pce.2004.09.023]

Dube, E., and P. van der Zaag, 2003. Analysing water use patterns for water demand management: the case of the city of Masvingo, Zimbabwe. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 28: 805-815. [doi:10.1016/j.pce.2003.08.004]

Mohamed-Katerere, J., and P. van der Zaag, 2003, Untying the “Knot of Silence”; making water policy and law responsive to local normative systems. In: F.A. Hassan, M. Reuss, J. Trottier, C. Bernhardt, A.T. Wolf, J. Mohamed-Katerere and P. van der Zaag (eds.), History and Future of Shared Water Resources. IHP Technical Documents in Hydrology – PCCP series No. 6. UNESCO, Paris [] [OPEN ACCESS]

Savenije, H.H.G., and P. van der Zaag, 2002. Water as an economic good and demand management; paradigms with pitfalls. Water International 27(1): 98-104. [doi:10.1080/02508060208686982]

Van der Zaag, P., A. Bolding and E. Manzungu, 2001, Water-networks and the actor: the case of the Save River Catchment, Zimbabwe. In: P. Hebinck and G. Verschoor (eds.), Resonances and dissonances in development; actors, networks and cultural repertoires. Van Gorcum, Assen; pp. 257-279

Van der Zaag, P., 1992, The material dimension of social practice in water management, a case study in Mexico. In: G. Diemer and J. Slabbers (eds.), Irrigators and engineers. Thesis Publishers, Amsterdam; pp. 73-83

Hwange waterhole, Zimbabwe (photo: Jochem van der Zaag)


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