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Record number 550419
Title The political construction and fixing of water overabundance rural–urban flood-risk politics in coastal Ecuador
Author(s) Hidalgo-Bastidas, Juan Pablo; Boelens, Rutgerd
Source Water International 44 (2019)2. - ISSN 0250-8060 - p. 169 - 187.
Department(s) WASS
Water Resources Management
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2019
Keyword(s) Ecuador - Flood risk - urban–rural politics - water governance - water-abundance discourse

Ecuador’s mega-dam project aims to control Chone city’s flooding hazards, but it submerges peasants’ territories–legitimized by ‘modern city/majority benefit’ versus ‘rural backward/sacrifice-able minority’ discourse. Presented as disordered, unruly and needing domestication, peasants must follow urban imaginaries and safeguard modern-urban progress. Policy-makers’ water overabundance discourse presents ‘flood risk’ as a natural and techno-managerial problem, hiding how unequal power balances establish ‘high-value’ (urban/elite) areas as protection zones and rural areas as sacrifice zones. Excessive water is stored in rural areas, neglecting peasants’ livelihoods and governance forms. The paper’s political ecology approach displays the ‘water overabundance’ discourse as a techno-political, naturalized construct that profoundly impacts rural–urban hydro-territoriality.

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