Diverging realities: how framing, values and water management are interwoven in the Albufera de Valencia wetland in Spain

Mieke Hulshof, Jeroen Vos

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Abstract

The Albufera de Valencia is a coastal wetland in south-eastern Spain that has suffered from low water quality since the 1970s. This article explores two divergent framings or imaginaries of the Albufera as a hydrosocial territory. The first, the agro-economic waterscape framing, focuses on the economic and cultural importance of rice production. The second, the idyllic waterscape framing, emphasizes environmental values. The agro-economic waterscape frame is dominant in current water management. Stakeholders deploy highly diverging realities, and the political playing field is not level. Recognition and empowerment are the first steps towards more sustainable water management in the Albufera.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-124
JournalWater International
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Albufera de Valencia
  • framing
  • hydrosocial territory
  • Spain
  • values
  • water management
  • wetland

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