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Región y sociedad

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PELAYO PEREZ, Mariana Betzabeth  and  GASCA ZAMORA, José. Reconfiguration of a Hydrosocial Territory after the Construction of the El Cajón Dam, in Nayarit. Región y sociedad [online]. 2019, vol.31, e1201. ISSN 2448-4849.

The purpose of this paper is to analyze how the construction of the El Cajón dam, located on the Santiago River, in Nayarit, generated physical-environmental changes that modified the ways of life and livelihoods of a community. The study is based on documentary research, collection of direct information in the field through the ethnographic method, and analysis of qualitative variables. Evidence of the socio-environmental changes, tensions and conflicts experienced by the actors of the adjacent and external communities after the construction of major infrastructure projects is provided. The research is relevant because the hydrosocial territories approach used allowed to understand the reconfiguration of the water territory, and revealed productive changes and conflicts that arose after an exacerbated competition for commercial fishing resources. It follows that it is necessary to reformulate the compulsive government interventions that unleash this type of processes, which include the previous assessments and the mechanisms of restitution and social compensation.

Keywords : hydroelectric dams; water supply; water management; environmental policies; water resources; reservoirs; Nayarit.

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