First Meeting of Auxiliary Watershed Organizations: Good Practices, Limitations, Lessons, and Prospects
Date: May 2018
Authors: Brenda Rodríguez Hererra, Rebeca Salazar Ramírez and Mariana González Moyo
Publication type: Learning Exchange Report
Published by: Accountability Research Center, Controla Tu Gobierno
For the full Rapporteur’s Report en español, see 1er Encuentro de Organismos Auxiliares de Cuenca: Buenas Prácticas, Limitaciones, Aprendizajes y Perspectivas
Ideas were proposed at the First Meeting of Auxiliary Watershed Organizations, held on September 5th-6th, 2017, at the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Xochimilco, Mexico City, that enriched the current debate on water management and the provision of public water and sanitation services in three key areas:
One: There is great interest in promoting the participation of the most marginalized and vulnerable communities in water resources management to improve water governance, but this will not be possible without timely, reliable, and complete public information. In Mexico, as in other regions of the world, much remains to be done to get more complete public access to information on water.
Two: Official institutions for public participation in water management should be transformed to keep them from being merely ornamental mechanisms without any real possibility of influencing decision-making.
Three: The government’s monitoring and oversight institutions will be relevant to improving public sector performance to the extent that they develop the capacity to connect the dots to identify systemic problems. As long as accountability mechanisms continue to be weak, those who make and carry out water and sanitation policies will continue to lack incentives for taking an interest in the most marginalized and vulnerable communities.