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Contrasting water securities: the Mexican state facing downstream stakeholders in the Suchiate transboundary river basin
- Kauffer, Edith
- International journal of water resources development 2019 v.35 no.1 pp. 30-48
- basins, humans, interviews, rivers, stakeholders, water security, watersheds, Guatemala, Mexico
- Based on extensive interviews, fieldwork and archival research conducted in southern Mexico, this article explores and analyzes contrasting water-security perspectives of diverse stakeholders in flood-prone portions of the transboundary Suchiate River basin. Complexities of transboundary water issues along an international river that is also a border produce power relationships between the Mexican state and inhabitants, plus historical tensions with riparian neighbour Guatemala, and diverse meanings among local stakeholders. The Mexican state conceptualizes water security as a conventional national-security issue, whereas the basin’s rural inhabitants consider it a matter of human security, albeit in diverse ways that provoke internal conflicts.