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The article deals with factors considered to guide Brazil’s water resources
management policy, integration and articulation, aspects that are
included in the legal basis of national policy (Law no. 9,433/1997; chapter
III). It emphasizes the evaluation of the discussion of water policy and
its interface with other sectorial policies. To understand the scope of
the concepts of integration and articulation, and dialogue with practice,
the perspectives of integrated management adopted by the Global Water
Partnership, entitled “Integrated Water Resources Management”, will
be presented, as well as the one developed by the New Water Culture
Foundation, associated with an ecosystem perspective. It evaluates how
the issues of integration between policies and perspectives are taking
place within the framework of the Brazilian National Water Resources
Council, the central forum for discussions on the country’s water policy.
The systematization of data is based on the survey and analysis of the
minutes and guidelines within the 20 years of existence of this Council.
The minutes were systematized with the statistical Program R to
evaluate the frequency of terms cited during the meetings. The themes
of the agendas were organized into six major topics: rules of operation,
management tools, integrated water management, sector articulations,
environmental education, presentations. It became clear that the
guidelines in greater numbers deal with the operating rules that aggregate
administrative issues and general rules.
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