Water Security, hydrosocial territories and São Paulo Macrometropolis

Authors: Vanessa Empinotti*, Federal University of ABC
Topics: Cultural and Political Ecology, Development, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: Water Governance, Political Ecology, Water
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Balcony A, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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In taking water security as a process as opposed to a goal, we create opportunities for a more plural reflection over this concept, thus helping to recognize the multiple paths that could guarantee access to water with quality and in necessary quantity. Focusing on the transformation of hydrosocial relationships, which combine flows of power, infrastructure, and water materiality, water security can be achieved by individuals, households and communities in order to maintain the development of their human capacities and well-being. But is it possible to apply such an understanding of water security beyond community scale? In a territory, such as São Paulo Macrometropolis, comprised of 50,000 km2, covering 173 municipalities, and supplied by six water systems, how could such an understanding of water security be applied? An understanding of hydrosocial territories as the constitution of socio-environmental and spatially bounded multi-scalar network activated to guarantee access to water could help to identify different water security strategies taking place and allow for a territorial analysis. In this article we will thus discuss how the concept of hydrosocial territories could contribute to the understanding of water security practices in place at the São Paulo macrometropolis.

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