Going with the Flow: How local water users associations have shaped water resource management in Chile

Published: 2 July 2024| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/4yb52tktfc.1


The primary hypothesis of this research is that local collective water management initiatives can significantly influence national water policies and contribute to sustainable water management practices. Specifically, the study aims to examine the decision-making dynamics within local water associations in the Aconcagua and Copiapó basins in Chile and evaluate how these local practices impact national water governance. The dataset includes detailed records from two distinct case studies of local water management in Chile: the Aconcagua basin committee and the Copiapó groundwater communities. The data encompasses meeting minutes, reports, and interviews, which collectively provide insights into the governance structures, decision-making processes, and the effectiveness of local water management strategies. Notable findings from the data analysis reveal both strengths and weaknesses in the decision-making dynamics of these local water associations, highlighting their role in promoting sustainable water management and influencing national policies. For the Aconcagua Basin Committee analysis: * Data: Meeting minutes from January 2018 to November 2020. * Additional Data: A semi-structured interview with a key stakeholder. For the Copiapó Groundwater Communities analysis: * Data: Reports from a public program aimed at organizing groundwater users. * Additional Data: A semi-structured interview with a program participant. The data can be used to study the governance and operational dynamics of local water management systems in Chile. It has been analyzed under a qualitative perspective using the Combined IAD-SES framework. The insights gained from this research can contribute to the development of more effective and sustainable, water management strategies at both local and national levels.



Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile Departamento de Economia Agraria


Chile, Water Governance, Integrated Water Resources Management, Collective Action


Agencia Nacional de Investigación y Desarrollo

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