Linkages between productivity and equitable allocation of water uri icon

abstract

  • Also published: Proceedings of the 2nd WARSFA/ Waternet Symposium on Integrated Water Resources Management: Theory, Practice, Cases. Cape Town, 30-31 October 2001
  • The rapid development of water resources in the Olifants river basin in South Africa, while stimulating economic growth, paid little attention to equity considerations among different users. Some 90% of the population of the basin was excluded from access to water when the present pattern of water allocations was developed. The recently enacted and very progressive water law aims at ensuring greater equity in access to water so that the benefits accruing from different water uses will be felt by a larger number of users. This paper examines the implications of water reallocations on water use and productivity at the basin level with a special focus on opportunities for revitalizing and expanding smallholder irrigation systems that are currently performing poorly and in many instances going out of production. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

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  • 2002
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