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TitleDeveloping community-based watershed management in Greater São Paulo : the case of Santo André
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
Authorsvan Horen, B
Paginationp. 209-222 : 3 fig.
Date Published2001-01-01
Keywordsbrazil sao paulo, catchment areas, community participation, environmental management, institutional aspects, land use, monitoring, operation, planning, sdilac, sdiwrm, slum upgrading, squatter settlements, water resources management

This paper describes how watershed protection is being combined with settlement upgrading and land-use management within an area that serves as one of Greater São Paulo's main sources of fresh water. This is being undertaken in the municipality of Santo André. Unlike previous watershed protection measures, which proved ineffective, it recognizes the need to combine the protection of watersheds with the improvement of conditions in existing settlements and guiding, rather than prohibiting, further settlement. The paper describes how the community-based watershed management involves the inhabitants of illegal settlements and other stakeholders in an adaptive planning framework that first seeks consensus on what is to be planned before developing the plan, its implementation and its operation, maintenance and monitoring. [Author's abstract]


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