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Enhancing Social-Ecological Resilience in the Colorado River Basin

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Type: Thesis or Dissertation
Author: Eidem, Nathan T.
Date: 2012
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/8462
Sector: Social Organization
Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: North America
Subject(s): resilience
water resources
conflict
cooperation
Abstract: "This research presents the Colorado River basin as a social-ecological system. Utilizing event data on cooperative and conflictive interactions over fresh water, the system is decomposed to look for evidence of outcomes of resilience enhancement. The Animas-La Plata Project in the upper San Juan basin is presented as a case study, and qualitative methods are used to analyze interactions that led to its construction in order to assess social-ecological outcomes. In the upper San Juan basin, cooperative interactions over fresh water outnumbered conflictive ones. Interactions over water rights and infrastructure were most common, and the most cooperative interactions focused on these issue types. Many of these interactions focused on the Animas-La Plata Project compromise, which ultimately enhances social-ecological resilience in the Colorado River basin."

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