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Geosciences 2018, 8(5), 177; https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences8050177

Towards a New Paradigm in Water Management: Cochabamba’s Water Agenda from an Ethical Approach

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Consultant, Prenzlauer Promenade 183, 13189 Berlin, Germany
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Lecturer/Researcher, Centro Andino del Agua, Universidad Mayor de S. Simón, Facultad de Agronomía, Av. Petrolera Km 5, Cochabamba, Bolivia
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Received: 23 April 2018 / Revised: 7 May 2018 / Accepted: 9 May 2018 / Published: 14 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ethics and Geoethics in Geosciences)
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The Cochabamba Water War (2000) is well renowned for being a part of the civil society versus water service delivery debate. From a situation of service privatization, limited access, and an inexistent institutional framework in 2000, the current situation in the Cochabamba Valley faces increasing water scarcity within a weak institutional set up. To alleviate the situation, the government of Evo Morales has been actively funding projects considering an Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) but confronting customary water rights in rural communities and thus increasing the level of conflict between water uses. Amid these two water management practices appears the Agenda del Agua Cochabamba (AdA)—the Cochabamba Water Agenda—claiming water as part of the commons and not a resource. This paper explains the paradigm’s values behind the conflicting IWRM and water rights’ water management practices and analyses the AdA under a governability framework identifying the barriers and drivers for its implementation. View Full-Text
Keywords: water management; water paradigm; water governability; water conflicts; Cochabamba water management; water paradigm; water governability; water conflicts; Cochabamba
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Bellaubi, F.; Bustamante, R. Towards a New Paradigm in Water Management: Cochabamba’s Water Agenda from an Ethical Approach. Geosciences 2018, 8, 177.

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