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The agricultural groundwater revolution: opportunities and threats to development.

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This book addresses the issues of using groundwater in agricultural production in the developing world. By addressing the problems associated with the degradation and overexploitation of the groundwater resources, it explores the practiced and potential methods that meet the massive challenges of agricultural water management in the context of agricultural development. The book is divided into thr...

Chapter 7 (Page no: 131)

Community management of groundwater.

This paper extends the work of scholars on self-governance of common pool resources (CPRs) to groundwater in irrigation settings. While work has been conducted by such scholars on groundwater basins in the USA, little focused attention has been paid to groundwater and irrigation. The first section of the paper covers conceptual tools and theory from the field of CPR governance. The second section applies the conceptual tools and theoretical concepts to groundwater irrigation. The arguments are illustrated in two ways: first, by a comparative analysis of surface irrigation systems and groundwater irrigation; and second through the use of several case studies. The final section explores promising types of linkages between communities of groundwater users and higher-level governments. Local-level governance is a key component of sustainably managing groundwater basins.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) The agricultural groundwater revolution: setting the stage. Author(s): Giordano, M. Villholth, K. G.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 7) The groundwater economy of South Asia: an assessment of size, significance and socio-ecological impacts. Author(s): Tushaar Shah
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 37) The development, challenges and management of groundwater in rural China. Author(s): Wang JinXia Huang JiKun Blanke, A. Huang, Q. Q. Rozelle, S.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 63) Rural economic transitions: groundwater use in the Middle East and its environmental consequences. Author(s): Allan, J. A. T.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 79) Sub-saharan Africa: opportunistic exploitation. Author(s): Masiyandima, M. Giordano, M. F.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 100) Groundwater in Central America: its importance, development and use, with particular reference to its role in irrigated agriculture. Author(s): Ballestero, M. Reyes, V. Astorga, Y.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 153) Instruments and institutions for groundwater management. Author(s): Kemper, K. E.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 173) When the well runs dry but livelihood continues: adaptive responses to groundwater depletion and strategies for mitigating the associated impacts. Author(s): Moench, M.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 195) The groundwater recharge movement in India. Author(s): Ramaswamy Sakthivadivel
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 211) Energy-irrigation nexus in South Asia: improving groundwater conservation and power sector viability. Author(s): Tushaar Shah Scott, C. Kishore, A. Abhishek Sharma
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 243) To adapt or not to adapt: the dilemma between long-term resource management and short-term livelihood. Author(s): Srinivas Mudrakartha
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 266) Lessons from intensive groundwater use in Spain: economic and social benefits and conflicts. Author(s): Llamas, M. R. Garrido, A.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 296) Groundwater management in the high plains aquifer in the USA: legal problems and innovations. Author(s): Peck, J. C.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 320) Institutional directions in groundwater management in Australia. Author(s): Turral, H. Fullagar, I.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 362) Sharing groundwater information, knowledge and experience on a worldwide scale. Author(s): Gun, J. A. M. van der
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 393) Groundwater use in a global perspective - can it be managed? Author(s): Villholth, K. G. Giordano, M.