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Record number 499140
Title PES hydrosocial territories: de-territorialization and re-patterning of water control arenas in the Andean highlands
Author(s) Rodríguez-de-Francisco, Jean Carlo; Boelens, Rutgerd
Source Water International 41 (2016)1. - ISSN 0250-8060 - p. 140 - 156.
Department(s) Water Resources Management
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Keyword(s) commoditization - Ecuador - hydro-social territory - payment for environmental services - watershed
Abstract This article explores how payment for environmental services (PES) approaches envision, design and actively constitute new hydro-social territories by reconfiguring local water control arenas. PES aims to conserve watershed ecosystems by repatterning and commoditizing the link between ‘water service providers’ upstream and ‘water consuming’ populations downstream. Two case illustrations from the Ecuadorian highlands are used to clarify how PES implementation – though presented as if it were apolitical and neutral – weakens locally crafted hydrosocial territories in favour of dominant interests. If consolidated, this depoliticized PES implementation fosters the consolidation of new (market-environmentalist) territories, subjects and interactions, further marginalizing the less powerful upstream communities’ livelihood strategies.
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