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Is External Assistance Needed for Adaptation? An Assessment of Government Intervention in Local Water Management in the Colombian Andes

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dc.contributor.author Murtinho, Felipe
dc.contributor.author Eakin, H.
dc.contributor.author Lopez-Carr, D.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-11-03T20:08:36Z
dc.date.available 2010-11-03T20:08:36Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/6558
dc.description.abstract "This article explores the impacts of different financial strategies on Water User Associations' ability to adapt to water source degradation. The article addresses the debate regarding whether and in what form communities need external support for adaptation to environmental change. In the Andean region of South America, understanding how communities fund their projects is particularly important for water management as many rural communities must decide by themselves if and how they will protect their watersheds and distribute their water. In many cases, communities depend on government financial support to implement their adaptation strategies, requiring them to participate in clientelist political systems that can crowd-out their efforts to adapt. In the Fúquene watershed in the Andes of Colombia, there is evidence that communities have invested time and financial resources to implement adaptation strategies. Local governments in the region have also invested in these strategies by supporting communities' projects requests and through a top-down investment approach. In this article, we use quantitative and qualitative methods to assess how different financial strategies influence communities' initiative to adapt. Findings suggest that despite communities’ efforts to use their own internal resources, in the long term, external support is needed to finance their adaptation strategies. However, a key aspect for the sustainability of communities' initiatives to adapt is the nature of the external financial intervention. Results show that government unsolicited help increases the likelihood of crowding out their efforts to adapt. In the other hand, in cases where communities request government help to fund their own project initiatives, external intervention crowds in communities' efforts to adapt." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject environmental change en_US
dc.subject local participatory management en_US
dc.subject sustainability en_US
dc.subject crowding en_US
dc.title Is External Assistance Needed for Adaptation? An Assessment of Government Intervention in Local Water Management in the Colombian Andes en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region South America en_US
dc.coverage.country Colombia en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Capturing the Complexity of the Commons, North American Regional Meeting of the International Association for the Study of the Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates Sep. 30-Oct. 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ en_US

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