Metric matters: the performance and organisation of volumetric water control in large-scale irrigation in the North Coast of Peru.

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Year Published: 2002
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Author: Vos, J. M. C.
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This thesis contains 8 chapters discussing the organization and performance of two large-scale irrigation systems in the North Coast of Peru. Two systems were selected for a comparative study are: Chancay-Lambayeque (100 000 ha) and Jequetepeque (40 000 ha). The first chapter describes the volumetric water control, its relevance for the area, the analytical framework and the methodology employed in the study. Chapter 2 introduces the climate conditions and the rich history of irrigation along the North Coast. It shows historical continuities and discontinuities in technology, institutions of water management and problems faced in system operation and management and the present agricultural production systems. Chapter 3 provides an overview of the realities of the contemporary water management entity that comprises different levels of water users' associations and different environmental agencies. The next chapter focuses on the water allocation and scheduling in both systems and describes the national water laws and how it is used. Chapter 5 presents a framework for understanding water delivery performance and the actual water distribution in both systems. In chapter 6, the financing of the operation and maintenance (setting of the fee, fee recovery and expenditure) is discussed. Chapter 7 evaluates the functioning and effects of volumetric water allocation, scheduling, delivery and charging. It is concluded in chapter 8 that the power balance between the water users, different water users' organizations, private company and different public agencies shaped a well-functioning entity.

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infrastructure, irrigation, irrigation scheduling,irrigation systems, irrigation water, water allocation, waterdistribution, water management, water policy, water supply, water use,water use efficiency, watersheds, Peru, South America, America,Developing Countries, Andean Group, Latin America, catchment areas,water resource management, water supplies, watering, Policy and Planning(EE120), Soil Water Management (Irrigation and Drainage) (JJ800)(Revised June 2002) [formerly Soil Water Management], Water Resources(PP200), Public Services and Infrastructure (UU300)

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