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Disputes over land and water rights in gold mining: the case of Cerro de San Pedro, Mexico


  • Didi Stoltenborg
  • Rutgerd Boelens


This article analyzes different visions and positions in a conflict between the developer of an open-pit mine in Mexico and project opponents using the echelons of rights analysis framework, distinguishing four layers of dispute: contested resources; contents of rules and regulations; decision-making power; and discourses. Complexities in this study manifest how communities’ land and water rights are circumvented by governmental bodies and ambivalent regulations favouring the large mining company. This process is importantly reinforced by international trade legislation. Multi-actor, multi-scale alliances may offer opportunities to foster environmental and social justice solutions.

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  • Didi Stoltenborg & Rutgerd Boelens, 2016. "Disputes over land and water rights in gold mining: the case of Cerro de San Pedro, Mexico," Water International, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 41(3), pages 447-467, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:rwinxx:v:41:y:2016:i:3:p:447-467
    DOI: 10.1080/02508060.2016.1143202

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    1. Solanes, Miguel & Jouravlev, Andrei, 2006. "Water governance for development and sustainability," Recursos Naturales e Infraestructura 111, Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL).
    2. Anne O. Krueger, 1999. "Trade Creation and Trade Diversion Under NAFTA," NBER Working Papers 7429, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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