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Community-based water law and water resource management reform in developing countries.

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Indigenous systems of conflict resolution in Oromia, Ethiopia.

This chapter describes the role of the gadaa system, an institution developed for guiding the social, political, economic and religious life of the Oromo people in Ethiopia and for managing resources such as water, as well as its contribution in conflict resolution among individuals and communities. It discusses ways to overcome the difference between customary and statutory approaches in conflict resolution. A synthesis of customary and statutory systems of conflict resolution may facilitate a better understanding that will lead to improved management of resources, which are predominant variables for the socio-economic development of the country. It suggests that top-down imposition and enforcement of statutory laws that replace customary laws should be avoided. Instead, mechanisms should be sought to learn from the Lubas, elders who are knowledgeable in the gadaa system, about the customary mechanisms of conflict resolution so as to integrate them into the enactment or implementation of statutory laws.

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Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Community-based water law and water resource management reform in developing countries: rationale, contents and key messages. Author(s): Koppen, B. van Giordano, M. Butterworth, J. Mapedza, E.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 12) Understanding legal pluralism in water and land rights: lessons from Africa and Asia. Author(s): Meinzen-Dick, R. Nkonya, L.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 28) Community priorities for water rights: some conjectures on assumptions, principles and programmes. Author(s): Bruns, B.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 46) Dispossession at the interface of community-based water law and permit systems. Author(s): Koppen, B. van
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 65) Issues in reforming informal water economies of low-income countries: examples from India and elsewhere. Author(s): Tushaar Shah
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 96) Legal pluralism and the politics of inclusion: recognition and contestation of local water rights in the Andes. Author(s): Boelens, R. Bustamante, R. Vos, H. de
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 114) Water rights and rules, and management in spate irrigation systems in Eritrea, Yemen and Pakistan. Author(s): Mehari, A. Steenbergen, F. van Schultz, B.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 130) Local institutions for wetland management in Ethiopia: sustainability and state intervention. Author(s): Dixon, A. B. Wood, A. P.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 158) Kenya's new water law: an analysis of the implications of Kenya's Water Act, 2002, for the rural poor. Author(s): Mumma, A.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 173) Coping with history and hydrology: how Kenya's settlement and land tenure patterns shape contemporary water rights and gender relations in water. Author(s): Onyango, L. Swallow, B. Roy, J. L. Meinzen-Dick, R.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 196) Irrigation management and poverty dynamics: case study of the Nyando basin in Western Kenya. Author(s): Swallow, B. Onyango, L. Meinzen-Dick, R.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 211) If government failed, how are we to succeed? The importance of history and context in present-day irrigation reform in Malawi. Author(s): Ferguson, A. Mulwafu, W.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 228) A legal-infrastructural framework for catchment apportionment. Author(s): Lankford, B. Mwaruvanda, W.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 248) Intersections of law, human rights and water management in Zimbabwe: implications for rural livelihoods. Author(s): Derman, B. Hellum, A. Manzungu, E. Sithole, P. Machiridza, R.

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