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Explicit Arguments, Hidden Biases: Uncovering the Role of Institutional Relationships in a Dispute Over Scientific Data in Lake Titicaca (Bolivia)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8416-8094
Number of Authors: 1
2016 (English)In: Society & Natural Resources, ISSN 0894-1920, E-ISSN 1521-0723, Vol. 29, no 9, p. 1110-1123Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The bay of Cohana, on the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca (between Bolivia and Peru), has suffered from eutrophication for the last 30 years. Heavy metals from mining activities in the basin have also entered the bay. While data on eutrophication are abundant, data on mining are scarce and public interventions have focused on the former. However, one of these interventions has been criticized for not taking into account the links between eutrophication and heavy metals. This article argues that the arguments underpinning what at first sight appears to be a scientific controversy are intermingled with a competition for the institutional space. It calls attention to the impact that power struggles between public agencies have on scientific controversies, an aspect to which political ecology has not devoted sufficient attention. However, paying attention to these issues is crucial if we are to craft management systems that address conflicts between organizations.

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2016. Vol. 29, no 9, p. 1110-1123
Keyword [en]
Bolivia, institutional competition, lake management, political ecology, pollution, scientific controversies
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences Social and Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-132614DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2016.1150540ISI: 000378710800007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-132614DiVA: diva2:955374
Available from: 2016-08-25 Created: 2016-08-17 Last updated: 2018-01-24Bibliographically approved

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