Case Studies of Social-Ecological Systems

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Type

T Water User Association self-governance, Fujian province, southern China

Case
T water user association, also a farmer organization at village level, is located in Fujian province. It has been operating effectively since its creation in 2001 so this is a successful case of self-management. The main reasons are attributed to 3 aspects: the village’s own water resource of reservoir and river, the inter-nested structure of association, village committee and clan, and the low cost punishment environment of village norms. These promote the farmers to self organize and craft...
09 Aug 2016

Flooding in Cumbria, England

Case
Flooding in Cumbria - keswick etc
09 Aug 2016

Banggai Cardinalfish, Indonesia

Case
The Banggai Cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni) is a species endemic to the Banggai Islands of Indonesia. It has been overfished due to its popularity as an aquarium fish, and is currently listed as "Endangered" on the IUCN Red List. The system lacks appropriate soft public infrastructure to regulate and monitor extraction and trade of the species.
09 Aug 2016

Food exchange networks in ancient agrarian societies, Eastern Mediterranean

Case
This is a diachronic case study emphasizing general properties of agricultural production and exchange over 10,000 years of agricultural production in the Eastern Mediterranean. Emphasis is placed on changing relationships between farmers and the individuals and institutions responsible for maintaining food-exchange networks and ensuring equitable distribution of food in times of subsistence crisis.
09 Aug 2016

Irrigation watercourse in Punjab Province

Case
 The irrigation system being studied is located in the state of Punjab in Pakistan. The resource appropriated is water for irrigation. The authors find that farmers operate their irrigation system under a contradictory system of de jure and de facto rules. Illegal trading of water among farmers occurs frequently. Farmers use extra-legal means to obtain increased water supplies through bribes to Canal Department officials. Farmers organize predominately around brotherhood or kinship groups...
09 Aug 2016

Irrigation watercourse, "Area One", Pakistan

Case
The resource appropriated from this watercourse in Area One (actual names of communities were removed in the case study) is water for irrigation. Area One is a large irrigation system managed by a government bureaucracy. There are no formal organizations at the watercourse level, though informal arrangements exist in all watercourses for mobilizing farmers to carry out maintenance on a communal basis. The system as a whole is not managed effectively. There are over 5000 total appropriator teams...
09 Aug 2016

A Tailend Watercourse in "Area Two", India

Case
The resource appropriated from A Tailend Watercourse in Area Two is water for irrigation to farmlands. The resource discussed in this study is a watercourse located in the tail-end part of a large irrigation system. Area Two is a large irrigation system managed by a government agency. There are neither users' organizations nor effective rules governing water rotation at the watercourse level. Great inequalities exist between head-end and tail-end farmers.This case study is part of the original...
09 Aug 2016

"A" irrigation watercourse, "Area Three", Indonesia

Case
The resource appropriated from A Watercourse in Area Three is water for irrigation. Area Three is a large irrigation system run by a government agency. At the watercourse level, there are strong village organizations responsible for distributing water and maintaining ditches. These organizations, however, have no role in decisions concerning system-wide management. The boundaries of the location are the boundaries of the watercourse. This is one of four cases studies used in a comparative case...
09 Aug 2016

Institutional Analysis of the Colorado River Delta

Case
The Colorado River delta is significantly degraded due to a history of infrastructure building resulting in changed water flows, the rise of agriculture in the semi-arid American west, increasing urbanization and over-allocation of limited reserves of water. These factors have been explored in details in this case.
09 Aug 2016

System representation template

Case
The system representation template was created to provide the key verbs analysts should utilize when describing the strategic interactions between the elements in the robustness framework (RS, RU, PIP, PI). Verbs followed by (?) are suggested additions to the verb list.
09 Aug 2016

Irrigation watercourse, "Area Four", Taiwan

Case
The resource appropriated from this watercourse in Area Four (actual names of communities removed in case study) is water for irrigation. At the beginning of the study, the authors describe a moderate shortage of biological and physical resources withdrawn compared to the number of units available. Area Four has irrigation associations run by full-time officials, although there used to be farmers' representative committees, but at the time of the study they were temporarily suspended. There are...
09 Aug 2016

Chiangmai irrigation system, Chiangmai Villages Two and One, Chiangmai Province, Thailand

Case
This case was part of the original CPR database developed in the 1980s by Edella Schlager and Shui Yan Tang at Indiana University. The resource appropriated from the Chiangmai Irrigation system is water. The head of the irrigation system has two assistant heads, with whom he consults on crucial matters concerning the system. There is a second level of leadership which consists of the heads of each major canal. At the third level of leadership are the village irrigation headmen, who are in...
09 Aug 2016

Agcuyo Irrigation System, Barrio Samoki, Bontoc municipality, Philippines.

Case
The case of the Agcuyo Irrigation System is located in the Barrio Samoki 4 km east of Bontoc municipality, Mountain Province, Philippines. The resource appropriated is water for irrigation. The system serves an area of 9 hectares cultivated by 50 farmers. At the beginning of the study period, there was a moderately abundant supply of biological and physical resources withdrawn compared to the number of units available. There was no formal organization or leaders. However, farmers did cooperate...
09 Aug 2016

Silag-Butir Irrigation System, Barrios Pacang, Silag, Butir, and Cabaruan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines

Case
In the case of the Silag-Butir Irrigation System, ricefields are located in the adjoining Barrios of Silag, Butir, Pacang and Cabaruan (between 1.5 km and 4 km off Santa Maria municipality) in the Ilocos Sur Province in the Philippines. The resource appropriated is water for irrigation. The system serves an area of 115 hectares cultivated by 201-500 total appropriator teams  during wet season and 38 hectares during dry season. At the beginning of the period, there was a moderate shortage...
09 Aug 2016

Diaz Ordaz Small-Scale Irrigation System

Case
The town of Diaz Ordaz is located in the Tlacolula wing in the Oaxaca Valley, Mexico, and the resource appropiated is water for irrigation. The irrigation system is divided into numerous subunits called tramos, which localize labor mobilization for infrastruture provision. The system alternates between riparian and prior appropriation rights for water according to the discretion of an elected official. The source author hypothesizes that water scarcity during the moisture-sensitive period of...
09 Aug 2016