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Use and management of water resources: linking levels of government from the bottom up and top down

IWRA World Water Congress 2017 - Cancun Mexico
4. Water policy and governance
Author(s): Luis Alberto Labra Hernandez
Alex Manetta

Luis Alberto Labra Hernandez
Alex Manetta

Keyword(s): Water, government, public policy, development plans, public management, intergovernmental relationship, subsidiarity, water resources and citizen participation.
Article: Oral:


Water availability is now a major concern both globally as other special scales of analysis, so that it is positioned as a priority security issue and as a key issue to ensure the quality of life of the human population, maintenance biodiversity and productivity of economic activities. It is based on the assumption that governments at different levels, have found it difficult to establish public policies that hone to social demands, which is also true with respect to the need for management and conservation of water resources. So the purpose of this article is to analyze the importance of the link between levels of government as regards the use and management of water resources in the municipalities that make up the Otomi-Tepehua (Hidalgo, Mexico) region.

It arises about the intrinsic importance of water for life and human society where Otomi-Tepehua region stands as a priority area for conservation for its richness in terms of water and biotic resources, so it highlights the need for adequate regional governance to the different social demands, which does not exclude the issue of water use and management. The issue of the use and management of water resources must be addressed from an analysis of the link between different levels of government, necessarily touching on topics such as intergovernmental relations, subsidiary and participation, thus evaluating the relationship 'bottom up' and 'top-down', analyzing promptly regard to public policies regarding the use and management of water resources in the region under study.

The methodology is to evaluate the National Development Plan (NDP), the State Development Plan (PED), Municipal Development Plans (MDP) of the municipalities that make up the region studied and Development Programmed for the Region Otomí- Tepehua, obtaining references about the linkages between different levels of government focusing on the issue of the use and management of regional water resources. So the possibility of linking political science and public administration stands. As results are expected to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of these linkages in order to propose actions and improvements that enable better dialogue between the different levels of government and society in relation to this specific issue.

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