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Record number 332932
Title Maintaining the flow: Maintenance service provision in the Alto Río Lerma Irrigation District, Mexico
Author(s) Urban, K.; Wester, P.
Source Irrigation and Drainage Systems 17 (2003)1/2. - ISSN 0168-6291 - p. 47 - 67.
Department(s) Irrigation and Water Engineering
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2003
Abstract Through irrigation management transfer inMexico poorly functioning governancemechanisms for maintenance were replaced.New actors, new roles, and newresponsibilities in the maintenance ofMexican irrigation systems wereestablished. This article analyzes themaintenance service delivery mechanisms inthe Alto Río Lerma Irrigation District(ARLID), to evaluate if and how theinstitutional arrangements establishedthrough management transfer ensure adequateservice provision. After presenting themain actors currently involved inirrigation maintenance, the rules andregulations underlying the servicerelationships between the actors involvedin maintenance in ARLID are analyzed. Thisis done by detailing how theserelationships are formally organized, howthey work in practice, and which incentivesexist for the service providers to providean efficient service and for the servicerecipient to pro-actively participate inservice provision. We conclude that the newinstitutional framework for maintenanceservice provision is quite coherent andthat the governance mechanisms that havebeen established work well, especiallythose between the farmers and theirorganizations. This has led to improvedmaintenance services.
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