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Social Resistance to the Hydrological Transition in Southern Spain: Public Support for the Building of New Reservoirs

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Institute for Advanced Social Studies, Spanish National Research Council (IESA-CSIC) C/Campo Santo de los Mártires 7, 14004 Córdoba, Spain
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Department of Geography, History and Philosophy, University Pablo de Olavide. Ctra. de Utrera 1, 41013 Sevilla, Spain
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Resources 2020, 9(3), 22; https://doi.org/10.3390/resources9030022
Received: 8 February 2020 / Revised: 24 February 2020 / Accepted: 26 February 2020 / Published: 27 February 2020
Spain has the most reservoirs in Europe, and is near the top of the list globally. Despite this, national hydrological planning still continues to rely overwhelmingly on this type of infrastructure. This indicates that the traditional hydraulic paradigm is deeply entrenched in Spain. The present work takes the new, hitherto unexplored perspective of public resistance, and seeks to complement other studies by aiming to understand why a hydrological transition, in line with environmental demands, has not taken place in Spain. In order to do this, we analyze data from a representative survey (years 2004–2013) of the residents of one of Spain’s most densely regulated drainage basins, that of the Guadalquivir River. Our results reveal that during a several drought (2005–2008), people’s support for the construction of new reservoirs declined sharply, whilst social resistance to changes in the water management strategy was associated with profiles closest to the agricultural sectorm and characterized by a lack of awareness about water distribution in productive sectors View Full-Text
Keywords: reservoirs; social resistance; hydrological transition; drought; southern Spain; Guadalquivir reservoirs; social resistance; hydrological transition; drought; southern Spain; Guadalquivir
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Lafuente, R.; Ganuza, E.; Paneque, P. Social Resistance to the Hydrological Transition in Southern Spain: Public Support for the Building of New Reservoirs. Resources 2020, 9, 22.

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