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Analyzing the Dynamics of Inter-state water peace: A study of the Huitzilapan-Xalapa Water Transfers
Koff, Harlan mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Identités, Politiques, Sociétés, Espaces (IPSE) >]
Maganda, Carmen [INECOL]
Ruelas, Laura [COLVER]
Revista de Paz y Conflictos
[en] water ; Mexico ; citizenship
[en] This article examines the political conflict surrounding the interstate transfer of water in the Huitzilapan-Xalapa Aqueduct, from which about 60% of the water resources for the city of Xalapa,
state capital of Veracruz, come. This interstate water transfer has eventually lead to political and
social conflict based on misinformation about perceived water shortages to Xalapa. The article
examines a case in which water officials from Xalapa have apparently complied with guidelines
related to procedural, distributive, and ecological justice. Therefore, the article proposes a focus
on «justice as responsible (and informed) dialogue» as a central element of procedural justice.
The analysis is based on a review of official documents, such as Mexican water laws and the water
concession under which this water transfer has occurred, press reviews published in regional
newspapers, a field visit and interviews with key stakeholders and researchers mostly in Veracruz

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