Common Property Water Resources

Water in many parts of rural India has become a contentious resource, and village ponds, tanks, and wells, which traditionally have been treated as common property, are often the most adversely affected water resources. Population growth and increasing adoption of irrigation-based technology in agriculture are acting as the primary drivers, driving the burgeoning demand for water in India's villages. At the same time, government policies on rural development have altered the socio-economic dynamics of the villages, leading to the development of new institutional arrangements for managing local resources. Largely, these new institutions do not take into account the norms, conventions, and local custom that traditionally guided the usage of the commons.

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Common property water resources: the conceptual foundation

Chapter 3 Common property water resources and rural quality of life

Chapter 4 Water markets in rural India

Chapter 5 Institutional and legal framework for the use of common property water resources in India

Chapter 6 Collective action in managing common property water resources: selected case studies

Chapter 7 Conclusions

References

Bibliography

Annexation 1 National Sample Survey Organisation tables

Annexation 2 Household questionnaire

Annexation 3 Facilitators' Diary for Focus Group Discussion (FGD)

Index