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Title: Social networks and management of water resources for agriculture in Rio Caia catchment (Portugal)
Authors: Rodrigues, Luís
Russo Machado, Carlos
Lourenço, Nelson
Keywords: Water management
Social networks
Irrigated agriculture
Issue Date: 2006
Citation: Rodrigues, L.; Machado, C.R.; Lourenço, N. 2006. Social networks and management of water resources for agriculture in Rio Caia catchment (Portugal). Italian Journal of Agronomy, Vol. 4: pp. 741-756
Abstract: The involvement of local people in the management of scarce resources, such as water available for agriculture, is a desirable approach to address some of the difficulties in the decision-making processes. This paper reports the experience of a research team of sociologists and geographers involved in the MULINO project (Multi-sectoral, Integrated and Operational decision support system for sustainable use of water resources at the catchment scale). In the framework of this international and interdisciplinary project, a social network analysis was developed in a catchment of south Portugal. This analysis was structured in five fundamental steps: Stakeholder Identification; Data Collection; Data Treatment; Network Visualisation; and Local Network Analysis. The information was gathered mainly through a questionnaire, bibliographic references, statistical inputs and field observations. In order to obtain a typology of stakeholders and their interactions, a factorial analysis of multiple correspondences and a cluster analysis were applied.
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