Nam Tan Irrigation Project

Resource System
Nam Tan River Watershed.
Resource Units
Water for irrigation

The Nam Tam watershed is located in the Sainyabuli Province of western Laos. The Nam Tan Irrigation Project dammed the river in the late 1960's and downstream rice agriculture in a 2000 hectare area of the Muong Phieng Valley shifted from an indigenous to bureaucratic irrigation system. Initial success of the Project was attributed to the adaptation of the "water headman," a traditional irrigation leadership role, in the formal structure of the Project.

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.