A half-baked solution: Drivers of water crises in Mexico

Jonatan Godinez Madrigal*, Pieter Van Der Zaag, Nora Van Cauwenbergh

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-62
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018


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