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Traditional water management practices and their implications in contemporary policy context
KTH, Superseded Departments, Land and Water Resources Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6166-4992
2004 (English)In: Proceedings of the Xth International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Colorado, USA, June, 2004, University of Minnesota , 2004Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In recent times, there has been much concern with designing of new ‘management’ regimes for efficient, effective and sustainable use of water as a natural resource basic to life. The common pool resource (CPR) theory provides a valid conceptual paradigm within which issues related to management of water in local communities may be approached and interpreted. It is recognized that the use of CPRs have been traditionally regulated by local communities without recourse to any centralized coercion. This presentation will seek to understand how water is traditionally managed as a CPR and how can the traditional water management practices be understood within the framework of the existent CPR theory. It will also attempt to explore the implications of the findings concerning traditional water management practices with respect to the new co-management regimes proposed within the contemporary water policy context. The presentation will argue that traditional water management regimes may be interpreted as conforming to the design principles underlying CPR management systems, though not necessarily ‘visible’ as formalized structural forms with independent existence. Further, these systems need to be seen as comprising human and non-human elements, the latter being further constituted in ‘ideational’ and ‘operational’ dimensions. Finally, discussing on the implications of the traditional water management systems within the contemporary policy context, the presentation will argue upon the need to rethink the new water management strategies based upon the concept of co-management by replacing exogenously developed universal designs by ones that are built upon existing traditional templates.

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University of Minnesota , 2004.
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Social Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-62729OAI: diva2:480995
Xth International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Colorado, USA, June, 2004
QC 20120123Available from: 2012-01-20 Created: 2012-01-20 Last updated: 2012-01-23Bibliographically approved

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