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Amid drought and climate crisis, the Mexican state Querétaro faces possible privatization of its water · Global Voices

Amid drought and climate crisis, the Mexican state Querétaro faces possible privatization of its water · Global Voices

Amid drought and climate crisis, the Mexican state Querétaro faces possible privatization of its water · Global Voices

The messages read: “It’s not a drought, it’s looting” and “The people of Santiago Mexquititlan demand no more plundering of water. Contracting must be by the people for the people.” Photo by the author, used with permission.

Mexico is now facing an intensification in the effects of climate crisis. This is accompanied by increasingly severe consequences Drought, Floods, FiresAll across the country. Over the last few years, the country has seen an increase in water shortages. decade.

Querétaro, a state in central Mexico with high RatesThe only state without a specific local water law is one that suffers from water stress and vulnerability. The state’s entire territory is currently under water. AffectedMore than a third are suffering from severe drought. Queretaro’s 26 main dams have also been emptying.

Two bills that raised public concern were introduced on March 31st..

#Alert : They are warning of water privatization in #Querétaro; they intend to fast-track the approval of the initiative.
Around 30 activist and environmental organizations protested against the two initiatives presented by the @Legislatura_Qro.

Both proposals were criticized by civil society groups as being risky. They do not address important aspects such as water regulation and the impact on rural context and climate change. Additionally, they establish privatized drinking water management, a model that has been widely used. questionedbecause of its negative effects on the human right water

@SRWatSan, UN rapporteur, has already warned about the #HumanRights associated with privatizing public drinking water services. So why are we insisting on it?

The governor of Querétaro State, the State Water Commission, and some legislators argued that the proposed legislation did not seek to privatize the state’s water but rather to award contracts for public services to private companies. However, activists and civil society groups have reacted to the proposal. Pointed out that “awarding contracts for services” is a form of privatization according to the United Nations Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation. 

Networks from all over the country, among them the Coalition of Workers in Defence of Public Water Services, the National Coalition of Water for All, the Mexican Waterways Network, the Coalition of Mexican Organisations for the Human Right to Water, and the Freshwater Action Network Mexico (FANMex), warned about the potential impacts of approving the initiatives, considering the effects that privatization has had in other Mexican states and specifically in Querétaro over the last two decades.

Osc identifies 3 risks in #waterwiththe#Queretaro water laws:
⚖️With no real inclusion in #HumanRights, or water justice.
🌎There is no basis for holistic management #ClimateEmergency
⛔#ContractingOutIsPrivatization and #PrivatizationIsNotAnOption

Contracting for services is CurrentlyThis model was used in the capital of the state. The formalization would allow for the normalization of what, according to academic and journalisticResearch is one of the main reasons for the current water crisis in the area. In recent years, Conflicts caused by water grabs have sparked demonstrations in Amealco, Cadereyta, and other towns in Querétaro. 

With the hashtag #AguasConLaLeyDeAguas (Water with the Water Law), organizations and residents are Calling for an open parliament to curb the risks and include citizens’ proposals.

The local parliament has yet to be elected IdeallyDespite the fact that it is an obligation under the Constitution, opening spaces for public participation EscazúAgreement, an international treaty relating to access to information and public participation in environmental matters in Latin America, the Caribbean and to which Mexico is a member. 

#OpenParliament is not a forum or a few days to send opinions by mail, it is a broad, timely, transparent, inclusive and adequate process in line with the obligations and standards of #EscazúAhora and the human right to water. #AguasConLaLeyDeAguas ⚠️💧of #Querétaro

*This text was created with the help of the legal team from the ecological and artistic group. Bajo Tierra Museo del Agua in Querétaro
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