9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN12 Environment and Society

2009-09-05 11:00:00 2009-09-05 12:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 11:00 - 12:30 Education for Sustainability and Social Learning Building I, Auditório J.J. Laginha

Social learning and sustainable water management: evidence from three watersheds in the State of São Paulo, Brazil.

This article discusses, based on experiences of three watersheds located in the State of São Paulo, Brazil, the emergence and evolution of a process of social learning for sustainable management of water resources. The main hypothesis is that the creation and institutionalization of spaces for participatory planning and management of water can encourage actors to build agreements that facilitate the shared governance of hydric ressources. The paper examines these participatory public spaces, explaining their structures and rules, their conflicts and the ways used to solve them. The main conclusion is that sustainable water management needs necessarily to strengthen those spaces of collective participation and social learning.