Institutions of Collective Action for Common Pool Resources Management: Conditions for Sustainable Water Users Associations in Semi-arid Uzbekistan


Soon after independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, the Government of Uzbekistan (GoU) could not provide adequate capitals to maintain secondary and tertiary water infrastructures. This resulted in low yields and subsequently, low incomes for farmers. These became a main driving force behind the irrigation reform and forced the GoU to develop new water organizations (reflected as water users associations or WUAs) and new sets of rules for water management and operation and maintenance of irrigation and drainage (I&D;) infrastructures at the on-farm level. Despite the fact that it has already been a decade of WUA experience, today most WUAs have a difficult environment, mainly due to the poor conditions of on-farm I&D; infrastructures. Therefore, the main aim of this research is to understand key problems of the Uzbek WUAs associated with poor conditions of irrigation infrastructure and assess the role of institutions to tackle these challenges.


Principal Investigators
Thiel, Andreas Prof. Dr. (Ph.D.) (Details) (Environmental Governance)

Duration of Project
Start date: 08/2012
End date: 01/2013

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