Working Papers   47

The Local Governance of Common Pool Resources: The Case of Irrigation Water in Cambodia

Author(s): CHEA Chou

Published: 02-Aug-2010
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The study seeks to identify the factors that enable or constrain the good governance of common-pool resources in Cambodia using irrigation water as the case for analysis. It found that the decentralised natural resource management approach was not functioning, whereas local implementation of community-based natural resource management to manage irrigation water was working, though unsatisfactorily. The low performance of the latter is due to the difficulty maintaining community commitment to paying irrigation service fees, a lack of local ownership of the managing association, and the limited power of the farmer water-user community.

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