Schwerdtner Manez, Kathleen, Husain, S, Ferse, Sebastian C.A. ORCID: and Manez Costa, M (2012) Water scarcity in the Spermonde Archipelago, Sulawesi, Indonesia: Past, present and future. Environmental Science & Policy, 23 . pp. 74-84. DOI

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Water scarcity is a serious issue on many small coral islands, including the Spermonde Archipelago in South Sulawesi, Indonesia. An important driver behind it is population growth. Additionally, the predicted impacts of climate change will further accelerate the problem. While a lot of scientific attention has been paid to water scarcity in the Pacific, little is known about the situation in Indonesia. The paper presents the results of the first scientific study on water scarcity in an Indonesian Archipelago. It combines an analysis of historical and contemporary documents with a study about local perceptions on water scarcity. 160 people on four case study islands were interviewed about water availability and quality in the past and at present. The results show that although water scarcity is not a new issue, it has increased from the 1960s onwards. Possible anthropogenic and natural drivers behind this development are discussed, and management implications presented. It is argued that management measures need to be island-specific and require local institutions for water management.

Document Type: Article
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Research affiliation: Social Sciences > Social-Ecological Systems Analysis
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2019 15:22
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2024 13:29

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