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Role of Large Dams in the Socio-economic Development of Mexico

This paper focuses specifically on the dams development in Mexico, and it points out that, unquestionably, large dams have had direct negative impacts. However, it should be noted that many of those negative impacts are the results of inefficient planning, inadequate expertise, and improper management. Dams, like any other major infrastructures, have economic, environmental and social benefits and costs. Accordingly, the dams must be properly planned, built and managed with the best scientific and technical knowledge available. The real question for Mexico is not whether dams should be constructed or not, but rather how should the dams be planned and managed so that the economic, social and environmental benefits to the society as a whole could be maximised and the costs could be minimised.

Research Report, 2002, Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico
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