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HESS | Articles | Volume 24, issue 10
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 4903–4921, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-4903-2020
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 4903–4921, 2020
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Research article 19 Oct 2020

Research article | 19 Oct 2020

Unraveling intractable water conflicts: the entanglement of science and politics in decision-making on large hydraulic infrastructure

Jonatan Godinez-Madrigal et al.

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Our research studies whether science depoliticizes water conflicts or instead conflicts politicize science–policy processes. We analyze a water conflict due to the development of large infrastructure. We interviewed key actors in the conflict and replicated the results of water resources models developed to solve the conflict. We found that knowledge produced in isolation has no positive effect in transforming the conflict; instead, its potential could be enhanced if produced collaboratively.
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