“Water, Water, Everywhere, Nor Any Drop to Drink”: <i>Land Use and Water Policy in São Paulo, Brazil</i>

Margaret E. Keck

in Livable Cities?

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780520230248
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935976 | DOI:
“Water, Water, Everywhere, Nor Any Drop to Drink”: Land Use and Water Policy in São Paulo, Brazil

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This chapter presents a brief historical-institutional analysis of where water resource and sanitation issues fit in the development of the São Paulo metropolitan area. It then explains some of the guiding ideas about development, technical expertise, and participation that helped define the relationships among actors even when political arenas for dissent were very limited. It also reviews the kinds of organizations that developed to protest water pollution and the contexts in which they did so, and finally explores the factors that led to the beginnings of a more integrated and participatory approach to water resource management in the region. The boundary between activists within and outside of the state was found to be extremely thin and constantly shifting. There was also the possibility that well-developed interactive networks between the state and societal agents could mitigate some of the fears both of the community organizations and of the water engineers.

Keywords: São Paulo; water resource management; water sanitation; water pollution; community organizations; land use; water engineers

Chapter.  12195 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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