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'Institutional Adaptation' for Integrated Water Resources Management: An Effective Strategy for Managing Asian River Basins

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Bandaragoda, D. J.
Date: 2006
Agency: International Water Management Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Series: IWMI Working Paper, no. 107
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/4754
Sector: Social Organization
Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: East Asia
Subject(s): water management
participatory management
institutional analysis
river basins
Abstract: "In many developing countries, their governments dominate the field of water resources management. Even in 'participatory irrigation management' efforts, the governments play a dominant role. As these efforts are rarely based on any internally generated demand from the water users, they usually fail to create viable organizations at the local level. A similar setback can be seen in the more recent institutional reforms in Asia's water sector, which are promoted by the donor agencies and, national and international development professionals. A survey of experiences in Asian countries shows that no country has successfully completed establishing new water sector policies and laws and river basin organizations, as prescribed."

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