Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Avances en la Gestión Integral del Agua Lluvia (GIALL):contribuciones al consumo sostenible del agua, el caso de Lluviatl en México

Margarita Pacheco Montes

Resum


A committed use of rainwater contributes to build urban sustainability. The identification of a variety of good but isolated and fragmented practices at local and international levels permits to highlight the potential of Integrated Rainwater Management (IRWM). This is a key option to access freshwater and alternatives to sanitation. An adequate planning of rainwater utilization should ensure food sovereignty, aquifer recharge; facilitate disaster reduction and survival of strategic ecosystems. It also has a cultural dimension contributing to preserve values and local symbols and fosters female responsibility in water resources management. The article searches to present some good practices such as “Lluviatl” consumption, implemented by the School of Posgraduates in Mexico, the role of local gender culture in the use of “The Celestial Acueduct” in San Andres and Old Providence islands in the Colombian Caribbean, and other ancient and modern rain practices in many regions in India. The article concludes with the need of opening political spaces to IRWM, and suggests its inclusion within policy and operational frameworks contributing to urban sustainability.

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