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

Version 1 : Received: 19 December 2017 / Approved: 19 December 2017 / Online: 19 December 2017 (07:22:15 CET)

How to cite: Bellaubi, F.; Bustamante, R. Towards a New Paradigm in Water Management: Cochabamba’s Water Agenda from an Ethical Approach. Preprints 2017, 2017120132 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201712.0132.v1). Bellaubi, F.; Bustamante, R. Towards a New Paradigm in Water Management: Cochabamba’s Water Agenda from an Ethical Approach. Preprints 2017, 2017120132 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201712.0132.v1).

Abstract

Through the process of paradigm change (water as a resource towards water as a common), the authors examine, from a theoretic point of view, the water governability proposed by Agenda del Agua Cochabamba (AdA) – Cochabamba Water Agenda – in the Cochabamba Valley (Bolivia), identifying barriers and drivers to the process that could take place. The rise of Evo Morales in Government in 2006 suggested that policy making would somehow take a fundamental turn resulting in more poor environmental-oriented water policies. However, if that was indeed the case, the implementation of these policies remain controversial as strong power asymmetries still exist at a local level that interfere with national policies shaping the political area. The Cochabamba Water Agenda echoes this debate on the political arena and contributes a politically contested water management through a paradigm change envisaging the difficulties through its implementation. The question remains if this “political” solution to paradigm change in water management may reduce water conflicts.

Subject Areas

water management; water paradigm; water governability; water conflicts; Cochabamba

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