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Robustness and vulnerability of community irrigation systems: The case of the Taos valley acequias

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  • Cox, Michael
  • Ross, Justin M.

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Traditional economic and policy analysis theory has emphasized the implementation of private or public property rights regimes in order to sustainably manage natural resources. More recent work has challenged this approach by examining the strengths and weakness of common property governance of such resources. This paper contributes to this literature by analyzing the acequia irrigation communities in northern New Mexico. Through statistical analysis, we find that the acequias' ability to maintain collective-action as estimated by a critical performance function, crop production, is aided by water sharing agreements and access to groundwater, and that it is hampered by property rights fragmentation and urbanization.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

Volume (Year): 61 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 (May)
Pages: 254-266

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jeeman:v:61:y:2011:i:3:p:254-266

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Keywords: Common-pool resources Social-ecological systems Acequias Irrigation Robustness Spatial analysis;

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  1. Alexander Fernald & Vincent Tidwell & José Rivera & Sylvia Rodríguez & Steven Guldan & Caitriana Steele & Carlos Ochoa & Brian Hurd & Marquita Ortiz & Kenneth Boykin & Andres Cibils, 2012. "Modeling Sustainability of Water, Environment, Livelihood, and Culture in Traditional Irrigation Communities and Their Linked Watersheds," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 4(11), pages 2998-3022, November.
  2. Otto, Ilona M. & Wechsung, Frank, 2014. "The effects of rules and communication in a behavioral irrigation experiment with power asymmetries carried out in North China," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 99(C), pages 10-20.

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