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WATER CONFLICT AND GOVERNANCE IN THE RIO BRAVO BASIN CARTER

IWRA World Water Congress 2003 Madrid Spain
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Author(s): CARTER Nicole

CARTER Nicole

Professor, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE)i CIDE, Carretera MéxicoToluca 3655 Lomas de Santa Fe, México, D.F. 01210 carter_nicole2@yahoo.com


Article:

Abstract

As the result of a drought and decades of urban growth in the Río Bravo/Rio Grande basin, the distribution of scarce water resources among competing uses has escalated into an international and intranational conflict for Mexico. This conflict comes at a time when Mexico has officially adopted policies aimed at fostering a more transparent, participatory and decentralized approach to water management. After providing an introduction to the factors behind the current conflict, this article describes Mexican water governance and policy options that it provides for addressing the conflict. Particular attention is given to water pricing, quotas, and markets as tools for reducing demand for irrigation water.

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