An assessment of collective action for pond management in the Zhanghe Irrigation System (ZIS) China

Mushtaq, Shahbaz and Dawe, David and Lin, Hong and Moya, Piedad (2007) An assessment of collective action for pond management in the Zhanghe Irrigation System (ZIS) China. Agricultural Systems, 92 (1-3). pp. 140-156. ISSN 0308-521X


Ponds are common property resources that allow users to obtain water on-demand because of their capacity to store rainwater and other surplus water close to users. Effective management of these ponds is crucial, especially with increasing water scarcity and decreasing water deliveries for agriculture that are taking place in many irrigation systems, including the Zhanghe Irrigation System (ZIS) in China. The purpose of this study was to determine the nature and performance of collective action in pond management, and to quantify the factors affecting that collective action. We used two different approaches to measure the performance of collective action: a performance indicator based on soil conditions, and farmer's perceptions based on their satisfaction with the current level of management activities. The results using the two approaches were consistent, and indicated that, among other variables, dependency on pond water, pond size, and household size were important variables affecting the performance of collective action. There was also limited evidence that clarification of property rights through the use of contractors for pond management improved outcomes for farmers.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 23 May 2008 13:05
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2013 00:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: common property resources; collective action; water ponds; order probit model
Fields of Research : ?? 701 ??
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099901 Agricultural Engineering
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0799 Other Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 079901 Agricultural Hydrology (Drainage, Flooding, Irrigation, Quality, etc.)
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090509 Water Resources Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.agsy.2006.03.003

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