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Adapt to Changes: Lessons from Two Irrigation Systems in Ezhou, China

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dc.contributor.author Qian, Zhou
dc.date.accessioned 2013-01-03T21:05:48Z
dc.date.available 2013-01-03T21:05:48Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8633
dc.description.abstract "In this article I examine how local irrigation institution adapts itself to external intervention projects, like farmlands consolidation project in central China. Through a comparative analysis of two irrigation systems in Ezhou, a city located at Southeast Hubei, in the middle reaches of Yangtze River, I explain why one irrigation system can be better adapted to the intervention project, while the other failed to deal with the same one. Using the framework of robustness in Social-Ecological Systems, entities of two different irrigation systems are identified and their different outcomes are illustrated. Interviews with village heads, community leaders, and farmers make it possible for me to double check the case information and get to understand various incentives of different irrigation entities. Various incentives help me explain their behaviours in the institution adaptation processes. It turns out that the adaptive capacity of the Village Bao irrigation system is much higher, while the irrigation system of Upper Horse Village deteriorating still after the project. A key issue presented here is that interactions between water users and irrigation infrastructure providers, is important for robustness of local irrigation systems. Water users’ engagement in institutional design may make a sustainable, robust and adaptive SES." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject adaptation en_US
dc.subject infrastructure en_US
dc.subject irrigation en_US
dc.subject social-ecological systems en_US
dc.subject sustainability en_US
dc.subject participatory development en_US
dc.title Adapt to Changes: Lessons from Two Irrigation Systems in Ezhou, China en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region East Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country China en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Design and Dynamics of Institutions for Collective Action: A Tribute to Prof. Elinor Ostrom, Second Thematic Conference of the IASC en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates 29 November - 1 December en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands en_US

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