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Towards a Chilean Water Governance: A Study on the Los Batros and Paicaví Wetland Reservoirs

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Programa de Magister en Ciencias Regionales, Universidad de Concepción, Concepción 4070386, Chile
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Departamento de Sociología, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de Concepción, Concepción 4070386, Chile
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Facultad de Ciencias Ambientales y Centro EULA-Chile, Universidad de Concepción, Concepción 4070386, Chile
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Water 2022, 14(18), 2861; https://doi.org/10.3390/w14182861
Received: 15 July 2022 / Revised: 7 September 2022 / Accepted: 7 September 2022 / Published: 13 September 2022
(This article belongs to the Section Water Resources Management, Policy and Governance)
The creation of the Urban Wetlands Law has emerged as a promising initiative to address the challenges of urban wetland management in Chile. Concepción, with its urban wetlands, is presented as a relevant case study for the analysis of water management of these ecosystems. The simple identification of the actors involved in the territory is not enough to achieve a clear understanding of the problem, so this article focuses on the networks of actors that are involved in the water management practices of the wetland ecosystems of Los Batros and Paicaví. In this work, the application of grounded theory and semi-structured interviews with key actors were combined. The main results indicate that water management has elements that are close to polycentric governance, such as the aforementioned law, where there are coordination initiatives among actors and power limitations in the analyzed cases. However, this research identifies several areas of improvement regarding decentralization, citizen participation, mitigation, and adaptation actions. View Full-Text
Keywords: water governance; polycentric water governance; analysis of actor’s networks water governance; polycentric water governance; analysis of actor’s networks
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Quevedo, F.; Rojas Hernández, J.; Barra, R.O. Towards a Chilean Water Governance: A Study on the Los Batros and Paicaví Wetland Reservoirs. Water 2022, 14, 2861. https://doi.org/10.3390/w14182861

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Quevedo F, Rojas Hernández J, Barra RO. Towards a Chilean Water Governance: A Study on the Los Batros and Paicaví Wetland Reservoirs. Water. 2022; 14(18):2861. https://doi.org/10.3390/w14182861

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Quevedo, Francisca, Jorge Rojas Hernández, and Ricardo O. Barra. 2022. "Towards a Chilean Water Governance: A Study on the Los Batros and Paicaví Wetland Reservoirs" Water 14, no. 18: 2861. https://doi.org/10.3390/w14182861

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