Geography of water in Mexico
Geography of water, environmental conflicts, and social alternatives in the Santiago river watershed, Mexico
- The social conflicts around the dam construction demonstrate the state’s failure to protect human rights of the people affected
- Local resistance strategies revolve around the values of environmental justice
- By claiming environmental justice, local people resist the commodification of water promoted by private companies and the state
- As an alternative to governing water as a public good they struggle for self-governance of water resources
For ten years, the inhabitants of Temacapulín, Acasico, and Palmarejo in Jalisco, Mexico, have resisted the disappearance of their village, which lies in the perimeter of a huge dam project. The creation of alliances and networks with national and international organizations have been a promising strategy for resisting the project promoted by local and regional elites. These alliances have helped local people to maintain their voices in the public debates, despite control of the media by the elites, who have been shown to misuse their power to monopolize decision-making regarding natural resources.
The objective of this research is to develop alternatives for more sustainable regional water governance, including the co-production of knowledge and its validation by key local stakeholders in the Verde River watershed and the Guadalajara city region in Mexico.
Project duration: 2013-2017
This research is based on collaboration between the Jesuit University of Guadalajara (ITESO) in Mexico and CDE (University of Bern). It includes a PhD of Heliodoro Ochoa from ITESO.