Regulating groundwater use: The challenges of policy implementation in Guanajuato, Central Mexico (2017)

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Around the world it has proven very difficult to develop policies and interventions that ensure socio environmentally sustainable groundwater use and exploitation. In the state of Guanajuato, Central Mexico, both the national government and the decentralized state government have pursued to regulate groundwater use through direct state control, groundwater markets, energy pricing, and user self-regulation. We present and analyze these regulatory mechanisms and their outcomes in the field. We argue that the close interdependencies of these regulatory mechanisms have pre-empted the effectiveness of these policy instruments as well as that of other measures aimed at reducing groundwater use in order to advance towards sustainable exploitation levels.
Year: 2017
Language: English
In: Environmental Science and Policy, 77: 7 p.

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