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Irrigation and river basin management: options for governance and institutions.

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As water scarcity increases, pressure to reallocate water from agriculture to other uses mounts. With this mounting pressure comes the need for institutional arrangements that can manage and accommodate shifts to higher value uses of water. These changes in resource allocation patterns have profound implications for all involved players, particularly the agriculturists whose livelihoods are based on irrigation. The thirteen chapters of this book review basin management and cover case studies conducted in developed and developing countries, applying a functional theory of river basin management. The theory is based on the idea that there is a minimum set of functions that enable effective management in successful river basins. The studied basins were: Neste located in France, Central Valley in California (USA), Lerm-Chapala in Mexico, Olifants in South Africa, Dong Nai in Vietnam, and Gediz in Turkey. A set of basic conditions required for effective management institutions to emerge, is presented. Water policy, key water management stakeholders, enabling conditions (viz., political and informational attributes, legal authority and resources), and organizational configurations are also covered.


Book Chapters

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Managing river basins: an institutional perspective. Author(s): Svendsen, M. Wester, P. Molle, F.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 19) Phases of river basin development: the need for adaptive institutions. Author(s): Molden, D. Sakthivadivel, R. Samad, M. Burton, M.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 31) Limits to leapfrogging: issues in transposing successful river basin management institutions in the developing world. Author(s): Tushaar Shah Makin, I. Sakthivadivel, R.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 51) Making sound decisions: information needs for basin water management. Author(s): Burton, M. Molden, D.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 75) Financing river basin organizations. Author(s): Abernethy, C. L.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 93) Water management for irrigation and environment in a water-stressed basin in Southwest France. Author(s): Tardieu, H.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 109) Basin management in a mature closed basin: the case of California's Central Valley. Author(s): Svendsen, M.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 125) River basin closure and institutional change in Mexico's Lerma-Chapala basin. Author(s): Wester, P. Scott, C. A. Burton, M.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 145) Water resources planning and management in the Olifants Basin of South Africa: past, present and future. Author(s): Lange, M. de Merrey, D. J. Levite, H. Svendsen, M.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 169) Water resource management in the Dong Nai basin: current allocation processes and perspectives for the future. Author(s): Svendsen, M. Ringler, C. Nguyen Duy Son
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 193) Governing closing basins: the case of the Gediz River in Turkey. Author(s): Svendsen, M. Murray-Rust, D. H. Harmancıoğlu, N. Alpaslan, N.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 215) Managing river basins: lessons from experience. Author(s): Svendsen, M. Wester, P.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 231) Providing irrigation services in water-scarce basins: representation and support. Author(s): Wester, P. Tushaar Shah Merrey, D. J.

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