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Proc. IAHS, 376, 57-62, 2018
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01 Feb 2018
A half-baked solution: drivers of water crises in Mexico
Jonatan Godinez Madrigal1,2, Pieter van der Zaag1,2, and Nora van Cauwenbergh1 1Department of Integrated Water Systems and Governance, IHE-Delft, Delft, 2601 DA, the Netherlands
2Department of Water Management, TU Delft, Delft, 2628 CN, the Netherlands
Abstract. Mexico is considered a regional economic and political powerhouse because of the size of its economy, and a large population in constant growth. However, this same growth accompanied by management and governance failures are causing several water crises across the country. The paper aims at identifying and analyzing the drivers of water crises. Water authorities seem to focus solely on large infrastructural schemes to counter the looming water crises, but fail to structure a set of policies for the improvement of management and governance institutions. The paper concludes with the implications of a business-as-usual policy based on infrastructure for solving water problems, which include a non-compliance to the human right to water and sanitation, ecosystem collapses and water conflicts.

Citation: Godinez Madrigal, J., van der Zaag, P., and van Cauwenbergh, N.: A half-baked solution: drivers of water crises in Mexico, Proc. IAHS, 376, 57-62,, 2018.
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A part of the population of Mexico is undergoing severe water crises vis-a-vis with the quantity and quality of water. The water authority's strategy dwells solely in infrastructure development to tackle the symptoms, not the causes. The paper summarizes how the causes of crises lie not in the lack of infrastructure but in a deficient management and governance. I did the research because I'd to influence on policy, and I did it through fieldwork and critical literature review.
A part of the population of Mexico is undergoing severe water crises vis-a-vis with the quantity...