The Centrality of the “Mediation” Concept in the Participatory Management of Water Resources

Irenilda Ângela dos Santos, Christian Niel Berlinck, Symone Christine de Santana Araújo, Ercília Torres Steinke, Valdir Adilson Steinke, Taissa Ferreira Pianta, Ivete Teresinha Graebner, Carlos Hiroo Saito (coord.)


This work presents questions related to the viability and the requirements for the
implementation of a National Policy of Water Resources in Brazil, and identifies
the means to bring about active participation by the population in the
management of water resources. While social inequalities may be an impediment
to the implementation of full participation, it is argued that facing the problems
related to participatory management of water resources is to be dealt with in the
field of rationality, and mediation has been chosen as the central theoretical
construct to guide the process of environmental education and empowerment
through action research. Examples of formal and non-formal environmental
education activities are brought from actions developed closely with the
Commission for Water Basin Committee of High Maranhão River, Central Brazil.

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