Hydrosolidarity and beyond: Can ethics and equity find a place in today's water resource management?

Andrea K. Gerlak, Robert G. Varady, Olivier Petit, Arin C. Haverland

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The notion of hydrosolidarity has permeated international discourses on water management, but it has received little comprehensive review. This paper traces the intellectual origins of hydrosolidarity and it explores how the concept has been applied by water scholars, organizations and in global water venues, like World Water Forums. Evolving conceptions and meanings of hydrosolidarity are presented and its kinship to related, sometimes oppositional terms, untangled. In particular, it explores how hydrosolidarity has evolved to serve as a socio-ethical annex to integrated water resources management. The paper concludes by examining some critiques and addressing the potential of hydrosolidarity in water management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-265
Number of pages15
JournalWater International
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2011


  • Equity
  • Ethics
  • Fairness
  • Human welfare
  • Hydrosolidarity
  • Integrated water resource management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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