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A paradigm confronting reality: The river basin approach and local water management spaces in the Pucara Basin, Bolivia
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Tema Environmental Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Tema Environmental Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2017 (English)In: Water Alternatives, ISSN 1965-0175, E-ISSN 1965-0175, Vol. 10, no 1, p. 181-194Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The current Bolivian water policy incorporates the IWRM paradigm adopting the river basin as the space for water management in the country. The linkage of water management with communal territories in the Andes challenges the application of the river basin approach, bringing water spaces into the discussion. Considering the example of the Pucara River Basin, the article uses space theory to identify characteristics of local spaces for water management and to contrast them with the river basin concept. The river basin concept is applied by water professionals, mostly taking the perceived dimension of this space into consideration and sometimes in abstract terms. In contrast, the lived dimension of space is more important in local water management spaces and it is not represented in abstract terms. Local water spaces are flexible and strongly related to local organisations, which allows them to respond appropriately to the needs and demands of peasant society in the area, characteristics that cannot be found in the river basin space.

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WATER ALTERNATIVES ASSOC , 2017. Vol. 10, no 1, p. 181-194
Keywords [en]
Space, water management, river basin, IWRM, Cochabamba, Bolivia
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Social Sciences Oceanography, Hydrology and Water Resources
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-136013ISI: 000397197000010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-136013DiVA, id: diva2:1084443
Available from: 2017-03-24 Created: 2017-03-24 Last updated: 2018-01-13

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