Chapter 8: Main challenges and responses to federalism and water security in Brazil
Managing Water in Multi-Layered Political Systems
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Water resources are among Brazilís most valuable natural resources. Indeed, water resources management was given more attention with the establishment of the National Water Resources Management System in 1997. In fact, as a federative republic with contrasting river basin systems, integrated water resources management in Brazil depends on federal states and national governments to adopt cooperative approaches, according to regional particularities. Water security risks require that cooperation and integration strategies be even more emphasized. In this sense, this chapter discusses some alternatives being applied in Brazil ñ in general ñ and at the Doce River Basin ñ more specifically ñ as mechanisms to address integrated water resources management challenges and minimize water security risks.

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