The Guarani Aquifer System, highly present but not high profile: A hydropolitical analysis of transboundary groundwater governance

Hussein, Hussam (2018) The Guarani Aquifer System, highly present but not high profile: A hydropolitical analysis of transboundary groundwater governance. Environmental Science & Policy, 83. pp. 54-62. ISSN 1462-9011

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Abstract

This article explores the governance of the Guarani Aquifer System (GAS) through the lens of critical hydropolitics and specifically through the framework of hydro-hegemony. This study is important as the GAS, which is one of the first examples of transboundary groundwater cooperation, has been studied through hydrological, geological and legal disciplinary approaches, but hydropolitical analyses of the issues raised in cooperation of this resource is still lacking. While a hydrological analysis of the GAS is important, it is not enough to comprehend and make sense of the governance and political agreements among the countries. For this reason, this article complements the existing studies on the hydrological, geological, and legal analyses published on this aquifer. By taking the case study of the GAS, this article makes important empirical contributions to the study of transboundary groundwater cooperation. This article argues that through critical hydropolitics, and in particular by consideration of the power asymmetries between states and their exploitation potential of groundwater, it is possible to more accurately understand the current water governance’s arrangements around the GAS. It also argues that critical hydropolitics fails to explain informal cooperation arrangements in the case of the GAS.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: hydro-hegemony,guarani,guarani aquifer system,groundwater governance, hydropolitics
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2018 09:30
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2020 23:52
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/66356
DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2018.02.005

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