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Evaluation of River Basin Management: The Mexican Case

Cecilia Tortajada

UNEP INDUSTRY AND ENVIRONMENT, Volume 27, Number 4, Pages 11-13
October-December, 2004

Institutional arrangements for water resources management at river basin level were first introduced in Mexico as early as the 1940s, with the main objective of fostering water-based socioeconomic development. Institutions were again established at river basin level in the 1990s to improve water management practices. Despite these efforts, results have been very limited with respect to efficient and equitable management. Today Mexico’s regions are asking for a larger role in planning, managing and decision-making. There are signs that some states have made progress in planning and managing their water resources.

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