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Against the Privatization of Water: An Indigenous Model for Improving Existing Laws and Successfully Governing the Commons

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Trawick, Paul
Journal: World Development
Volume: 31
Date: 2003
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/2918
Sector: Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: South America
Central America & Caribbean
Subject(s): irrigation--case studies
indigenous institutions--case studies
privatization--case studies
water resources--case studies
resource management--case studies
Abstract: "The privatization of water is being strongly promoted by the World Bank in Peru and other countries as a solution to the problems commonly afflicting irrigation and water management, a proposal that has inspired strong protest among peasant farmers throughout the Andes. A viable alternative to it is presented here, one that would allow the Bank to do many of the things it would like to in creating water markets while making a serious effort, not only to protect the rights of small farmers in the region, but to improve dramatically the way that irrigation is carried out in many areas. This counterproposal is based on the fundamental principles of an indigenous Andean model for management."

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