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Institutional Options for Sustainable Irrigation: Evidence from Bulgaria

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Penov, Ivan
Conference: The Commons in Transition: Property on Natural Resources in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, a Regional Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Prague
Conf. Date: April 11-13
Date: 2003
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1027
Sector: Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: Europe
Subject(s): IASC
common pool resources
institutional analysis
property rights
conflict resolution
institutional change
design principles
Abstract: "This paper investigates a local CPR problem, the solution of which needs a balance between the collective and private interests. In the political context we have a large group of actors with a short planning horizon and a lack of trust among them. CPR provision is organised in a centralised way. The state enforcement mechanism is weak and can not protect the individuals or eventually to backup the collective' decisions. The above problem is investigated in the case of irrigation in Bulgaria where water usage declined with nearly 85% during the period of transition. In addition, large parts of the existing canal systems were abandoned. Three groups of institutional options are investigated in the paper: improvement of the local level co-ordination; limiting the market imperfections, and strengthening the external conflict resolution and sanctioning mechanisms. The investigation of above case led us to conclusions that can be generalised for the case of CPR management during the period of transition. The transition process is not just a process of transferring western institutions to Eastern Europe, but also a process of spontaneous emerging of new institutions at a local level. Therefore, we call for a state intervention, not in the area of CPR provision but in supporting the local co-ordination."

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