Interdisciplinary Approach in Water Issues

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It is a fact that the amount of water in our planet is enormous with 1,404 million km3 in total and it is vital element in which all the living processes occur (Breu, et al., 2008). Thus, it is necessary to strengthen our efforts for a powerful confrontation of water issues worldwide. Water issues are related with problems about the acceptable status (e.g. infringement of the environmental standards of chemical substances), management and utilization of water in different human activities. One of the attributes that characterize the water issues is the complexity, because of the variety of scientific data from different disciplines, that need to be elaborated for tackling the problem, and the multi-interactions of the stakeholders in the governance process (Pahl-Wostl, et al., 2010). Thus, we need to adopt new dynamic and powerful approaches embracing the complex character of water issues. In order to determine and identify these new tactics during the governance process, an interdisciplinary approach must utilized integrating different disciplines that contribute to a holistic view and thorough understanding of the particular complex environmental problem (Rice, 2013). This advocates that an interdisciplinary approach allows different governmental agencies/departments, scientists and stakeholders from different scientific disciplines to collaborate in order to create new powerful approaches of water issues. Therefore, the proposition that I am going to support with my argumentation is:

‘’Water issues must be confronted under an interdisciplinary approach for creating new powerful approaches.’’

In the following essay, I will first present cases where an interdisciplinary approach was utilized demonstrating the advantages of su...

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