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Record number 442795
Title Community Irrigation Supplies and Regional Water Transfers in the Colca Valley, Peru
Author(s) Vera Delgado, J.R.; Vincent, L.F.
Source Mountain Research and Development 33 (2013)3. - ISSN 0276-4741 - p. 195 - 206.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-12-00119.1
Department(s) Irrigation and Water Engineering
Water Resources Management
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2013
Keyword(s) highlands - commons - rights
Abstract Water governance of Andean river valleys that are the site of large-scale water transfers and the home to highland communities with their own irrigation practices has been the subject of research and debate since the large water transfers began. In Peru, local and regional water governance has been shaped by changing national water laws that remain controversial regarding their effects on highland water users. This article presents findings from the Colca Valley, where water has been transferred to the Majes Irrigation Project since 1983, while many highland communities still struggle to access sufficient irrigation water. It summarizes the attempts by Colca Valley communities to protect their water rights and water management institutions under a system oriented to regional and national rather than local water resources management, with a detailed discussion of the community of Coporaque. It also presents data on the area's highly variable water allowances and water use patterns, which demonstrate the need for more transparency and agro-ecological understanding of local irrigation needs and efforts to support them. Processes of representation, participation, and water redistribution are discussed as critical issues in improved regional water governance in the Colca Valley
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