Get an overview of the main issues through an engaging short documentary film.

Learn more by exploring the geography and history of the river, and by listening to the sometimes conflicting perspectives of local stakeholders.

Explore the links between local and global events.

Look deeper by exploring a wealth of research papers with detailed scientific data.

Familiarize yourself with the terminology used in the e-case study.


This e-case study presents a detailed account of the struggle faced by different stakeholders in relation to the sustainable development of the Ayuquila River watershed in Mexico over a period of more than thirty years. Explore the geography and history of this important watershed and discover the complex issues that challenge local efforts to balance economic development and environmental protection.

First time users will find instructions on how everything works in the e-case study Help section as well as important information in the Background section. Once ready you may want to start your studies by watching the FILM, and then proceed to navigate the other sections of the e-case study.

Read the Instructional Guide for ideas on how to use the e-case study in your classroom lessons or distance education courses.