Study of Institutional and Governance Arrangements for Achieving Water Security in the Hani Rice Terraces

Herath, Srikantha, Jayaraman, Archana and Diwa, Johanna (2015). Study of Institutional and Governance Arrangements for Achieving Water Security in the Hani Rice Terraces. Rice Terrace Farming Systems Working Paper Series. United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability.

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    Author Herath, Srikantha
    Jayaraman, Archana
    Diwa, Johanna
    Title Study of Institutional and Governance Arrangements for Achieving Water Security in the Hani Rice Terraces
    Series Title Rice Terrace Farming Systems Working Paper Series
    Volume/Issue No. 5
    Publication Date 2015-08
    Place of Publication Tokyo
    Publisher United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability
    Pages 8
    Language eng
    Abstract This study aims to analyse the current state of management of the water resources in the Hani Rice Terrace system. Using\the evidence indicating the presence of scarcity and periods of concentrated availability obtained from the hydrological response assessment of the selected study sites, a comprehensive threats analysis has been done, considering the overarching social, policy and institutional threats faced by the system. Analysis of the people’s perceptions about water scarcity and the current systems of management on the field indicates that the water scarcity evidenced from a physical systems standpoint is being directly affected by the social and policy systems on the field and posing a threat to the long term sustainability of the area. Dealing with the physical systems threat of reconciling water availability with equitable access requires structural and non-structural mechanisms of management that can be used on the field, including institutions building at the micro level for the farmers and having the basin as a unit for macro level management. Water Scarcity Index has been found to be a powerful tool for aiding policy in such cases. Additionally, ensuring the overall sustainability of the system by assessing the development patterns and demographic changes has been suggested.
    UNBIS Thesaurus WATER MANAGEMENT
    Keyword Water security
    Rice terraces
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2015
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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