Irrigation watercourse, "Area Four", Taiwan

Resource System
Watershed and associated topography
Resource Units

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 At the beginning of the study, the authors describe a moderate shortage of biological and physical resources withdrawn compared to the number of units available.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 numerous local farmers' groups which consult and coordinate with the irrigation associations in regard to water rotation. This is one of four cases studies used in a comparative case study conducted by Bottral.  See related studies and models for further details.

This case study is part of the original Common-Pool Resource (CPR) database. A summary of the original CPR coding conducted in the 1980s by Edella Schlager and Shui Yan Tang at Indiana University may be found under the CPR tab in the Institutional Analysis section below.