Published June 30, 2022 | Version v1
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State, economic power, and citizen mobilization in the construction of hydrosocial territories in La Laguna region, States of Durango, and Cohahuila, Mexico (in Spanish)

  • 1. Centre for Research and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS), Mexico City, Mexico


The article adopts the notion of hydrosocial territories to analyse the impact of

concessions for water abstraction granted by the authorities to dairy businesses in

La Laguna region, which has allowed dairy entrepreneurs to maintain control of a

model of water abstraction that has significant environmental impacts, notably on the

depletion of the region’s Main Aquifer. In this context, a collective action movement is

demanding that the authorities take urgent measures to tackle the problem. However,

despite the fact that a socially-oriented federal government came to power in 2018, the

water authorities have continued to grant new concessions for water abstraction to the

region’s agribusnesses , while have also failed to incorporate the citizenry in the design

of environmental remediation programs, as is the case with the Healthy Water for La

Laguna project (2020). The article argues that civil society organizations are the main

agent promoting a sustainable use of water, while the authorities continue to favor the

interests of dairy bussinesses.



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