The opaque lagoon. Water management and governance in l'Albufera de València wetland (Spain)

Abstract : The Albufera de Valencia is a complex anthropogenic waterscape, constructed by different social groups over centuries. Today water management in the protected wetland remains opaque, much like the water in the eutrophic lagoon. Four major organiza-tions manage this natural heritage, which remains torn between nature conservation and rice growing, in a jigsaw of overlap-ping jurisdictions and crisscrossed visions. Water management in this socioecological-system is complex and contested, and takes place within a changing scenario due to recent variations in the water quality and quantity budgets. This paper analyses this changing socio-ecological system based on interviews with stakeholders, and advocates for a new model of management based on shared governance, mediation and transparent data.
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Anne Jégou, Carles Sanchis-Ibor. The opaque lagoon. Water management and governance in l'Albufera de València wetland (Spain). Limnetica, Asociación Ibérica de Limnología, 2019, 38 (1), pp.503-515. ⟨http://limnologia.com/es/⟩. ⟨10.23818/limn.38.29⟩. ⟨hal-02157893⟩

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