Irrigation and River Basin Management: Options for Governance and Institutions

Edited by M Svendsen 
CABI  February 2005  

Hardback  272 pp  ISBN 9780851996721      £70.00
This book is:
  • Written by leading international authorities on irrigation
  • Illustrated with numerous case studies
With increasing water scarcity, pressure to re-allocate water from agriculture to other uses mounts, along with a need to put in place institutional arrangements to promote 'higher value' uses of water. Many developing countries are now experimenting with establishing new institutional arrangements for managing water at the river basin level.

This book, based on research by IWMI and others, reviews basin management in six developed and developing countries. It describes and applies a functional theory of river basin management, based on the idea that there is a minimum set of functions required to manage basins effectively and a set of basic conditions that enable effective management institutions to emerge. The book examines the experiences of both developed and developing countries in order to see what lessons can be learned and to identify what constitutes the core of a 'theory of river basin management'. It concludes that although it is difficult for developing countries to adopt approaches and institutional designs directly from developed countries, basic principles and lessons are transferable.

Readership: Irrigation, hydrology, soils, natural resources, agricultural development and engineering


  • Managing River Basins: An Institutional Perspective, M Svendsen, P Wester, Wageningen University, The Netherlands, and F Molle, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, France
  • Phases of River Basin Development: The Need for Adaptive Institutions, D Molden, IWMI, Sri Lanka, R Sakthivadivel, IWMI, India, M Samad, IWMI, Sri Lanka, M Burton, ITAD~Water Ltd, UK
  • Limits to Leapfrogging: Issues in Transposing Successful River Basin Management Institutions in the Developing World, T Shah, IWMI, India, I Makin, IWMI, Sri Lanka, and R Sakthivadivel
  • Making Sound Decisions: Information Needs for Basin Water Management, M Burton and D Molden
  • Financing River-Basin Organisations, C L Abernethy, Consultant, Sri Lanka
  • Water Management for Irrigation and Environment in a Water-stressed Basin in Southwest France, H Tardieu, Compagnie d€Aménagement des Coteaux de Gacogne, France
  • Basin Management in a Mature Closed Basin: The Case of California€s Central Valley, M Svendsen
  • River Basin Closure and Institutional Change in Mexico€s Lerma-Chapala Basin, P Wester, C A Scott, IWMI, India, and M Burton
  • Water Resources Planning and Management in the Olifants Basin of South Africa: Past, Present and Future, M de Lange, South Africa, D J Merrey and H Levite, IWMI, Africa, and M Svendsen
  • Water Resource Management in the Dong Nai Basin: Current Allocation Processes and Perspectives for the Future, M Svendsen, C Ringler, International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, USA and N Duy Son, Sub-Institute for Water Resources Planning, Vietnam
  • Governing Closing Basins: The Case of the Gediz River in Turkey, M Svendsen, H Murray-Rust, ARD Inc, USA, N Harmancioglu, and N Alpaslan, Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey
  • Managing River Basins: Lessons from Experience, M Svendsen and P Wester
  • Providing Irrigation Services in Water Scarce Basins: Representation and Support, P Wester, T Shah and D J Merrey
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