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A Proposed Framework for Irrigation Management Transfer in Iran: Lessons from Asia and Iran

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Hassan, Mehmood Ul; Qureshi, Asad Sarwar; Heydari, Nader
Date: 2007
Agency: International Water Management Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Series: IWMI Working Paper, no. 118
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/4743
Sector: Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: East Asia
Middle East & South Asia
Subject(s): irrigation
water management
water users' associations
Abstract: "Iran is facing a serious water scarcity and the Government of Iran is trying to implement technical and institutional measures to meet the challenge. One of the key strategies being persuaded by the Iranian authorities is the devolution of management responsibility to users. Thus, irrigation management transfer (IMT) has been adopted as a key strategy to improve the operation and maintenance, and thereby reduce losses, and enhance the sustainability of irrigation infrastructure. However, IMT efforts are at an inception stage and are largely happening in areas where infrastructure is under rehabilitation. The key objective of this paper, thus, was to review the ongoing IMT efforts in the two provinces of Iran, including the much publicized experiences from irrigation systems in the Qazvin Province, as well as the lessons from the neighboring countries, and propose a viable framework for implementing IMT."

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