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398096 - Transboundary Water Governance in Mexico: the case of the Northern and Southern Borders

Monday, June 4
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Lake Superior B

The aim of this presentation is to draw an overview of the existing regime of transboundary water governance in Mexico. The focus is given to the study case of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Basin shared between Mexico and the United Sates (U.S.), and of the Usumacinta River Basin shared between Mexico and Guatemala. Both, transboundary river basins, shared similar challenges and issues related to the borders they respectively define. However, both study cases show great differences concerning the ensemble of institutions and policy instruments involved in the governance of water resources. How can best be conceptualised each of the regimes of transboundary water governance? Some preliminary conclusions will be elaborated through a qualitative case study methodology.

Keywords: Transboundary Water, Governance, Regime, Mexico, U.S., Guatemala.

Luzma Fabiola Nava, PhD, A.M. ASCE

Conacyt Researcher
Center for Global Change and Sustainability in the Southeast, C.A.

Luzma Fabiola Nava has been mandated by the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) to serve as Researcher - CONACYT at the Center for Global Change and Sustainability in the Southeast, C.A. (CCGSS) in Mexico. At the CCGSS she is working on the research project entitled “Towards Sustainable Management of Water Resources in the Southeast of Mexico and adjacent areas of Central America”.

Her primary research and professional interests include the use of political science and geography to analyze water resources management, water governance, sustainable development practices, stakeholders’ interests and perceptions. Dr. Nava works collaboratively with other disciplines to promote stakeholders’ engagement and a better understanding of water resources challenges and issues across borders and within territories. For her, drawing policy recommendations based on stakeholders’ insights is essential to adapt management of water resources and ensure their sustainability.

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