Amidst these human stories, a wide variety of nonhuman actors have played pivotal roles in the outcomes of policies and engineering. This paper examines the role of these less-obvious factors in global networks and local outcomes, within the context of the Albufera. Invasive species, from carp to corn-borers, have posed unexpected challenges to traditional activities. Sedimentation and algae blooms, themselves unintended byproducts of upstream human actions, not only fundamentally alter the lake’s ecosystem but stymie the technological works intended to control the lake for a variety of economic uses. In tracing these factors, this paper will illustrate their origins in and influences on the flows of information, practices, and materials across national borders.
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