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Master's Thesis

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Geography and Geosciences

Committee Chair

Walker, Margath Alexya


Water-supply--South America--Political aspects; Groundwater; Water-supply--South America--Management; Guarani Aquifer


Recent changes in the governance of the Guarani Aquifer System - a transboundary groundwater resource in South America - reveal contradictory practices of water governance embedded in the individual politics and ideologies of sovereign states overlying the aquifer. Emerging practices of water marketization through the commodification of bottled groundwater at the provincial level in Misiones, Argentina, contest the current scale of transboundary groundwater governance, delimited by The Guarani Aquifer Agreement and its main principles of cooperation, equitable and reasonable utilization and the obligation not to harm - under the imperatives of the United Nations International Law Commission (UNILC) Law of Transboundary Aquifers. Embedded in discourses of neoliberal ideology, these practices naturalize an economic scale enclosed in multi-scalar networks of capital accumulation and profit-making, largely resulting in the unsustainable utilization of natural resources.

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