The Amphoe Choke Chai Water User Association, Isan region, northeastern Thailand

Resource System
Irrigation system
Resource Units

The resource appropriated from A Chaek in Amphoe Choke Chai is water for irrigation. The Lam Pra Plerng Irrigation Project was constructed by Thailand's Royal Irrigation Department, which organized four water user associations (WUAs) in the project area. Each WUA is divided into “chaeks” (a chaek is an area served by a common farm turn-out). One or two common irrigators serve each chaek. The common irrigator is paid by the RID and is responsible for arranging water distribution and maintenance schedules. Farmers in the area have a low level of participation in the association and maintenance activities because they usually receive water from the natural flooding of rivers and are not very dependent on project water from the irrigation system. 

This case was part of the original CPR database developed in the 1980s by Edella Schlager and Shui Yan Tang at Indiana University. The original CPR report can be found under the CPR tab in the Institutional Analysis section below.