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Water as a tool for development. An analysis of the conflict of the Ñuble River, Chile

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dc.contributor.advisor Bond, Sophie Leaman-Constanzo, Cristian 2013-09-11T03:54:20Z 2013-09-11T03:54:20Z 2013 2013
dc.description.abstract After three decades of neoliberal policies, there are growing concerns in Chile about how nature is used and understood. These concerns are reflected in the relationship between humans and natural water bodies which has reconceptualised the use of and access to water, especially for rural communities. These reconceptualisations have been affected by the model of water rights and river basin governance adopted which have raised issues about social inequality. As a result, rural communities have argued for greater participation in decision-making on matters that affect their lives. This thesis explores conflict that arose around the Punilla Dam Project on the Ñuble River, Biobío Region in Chile. The research employs a political ecology perspective to explore the socio-environmental outcomes of water management in this case and in Chile more generally. The case illustrates how water is important for Chile as a tool for development, the role environmental institutions play, and the tensions between peasant communities, irrigators and hydroelectric interests, while placing these tensions in the context of wider economic and political structures. It is clear that water is key in Chile, hence an examination of the encounter between the model of development and nature is required. I argue that the outcomes of these encounters will increase social inequality and marginalisation, showing that a water project is not always good for all. The omission of these issues in places often rich both in biodiversity and socio-cultural heritage is a cause of concern for Chile and more globally. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Political ecology en_NZ
dc.subject Water management en_NZ
dc.subject Development en_NZ
dc.title Water as a tool for development. An analysis of the conflict of the Ñuble River, Chile en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ Development Studies en_NZ Environmental Studies en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Master's en_NZ Master of Development Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 050209 Natural Resource Management en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 160507 Environment Policy en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 960706 Rural Water Policy en_NZ

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