Ain Sultan Irrigation System, Sidi Lahcen, Morocco

Resource System
Watershed and associated topography
Resource Units
Irrigation water

The Ain Sultan irrigation system is located northwest from the town of Sefrou in Morroco.  It encompasses an unknown geographical area which is characterized by very little precipitation and a lower elevation level than the Ait Sidi Musa irrigation system.  The case study involves an undetermined snapshot in time and catalogues an action situation involving 400 households in the village of Sidi Lahcen with each household relying on approximately 2 ha of dry and 1 ha of irrigated land to grow their crops.  The water is diverted 6 km from Sultan’s spring via a ditch, and water rights are held separately from land and can be transferred.  Water is the primary fugitive resource. 

The original case study authors focused on water scarcity and its influence on institutional performance.  The case study has subsequently been used in comparative analyses regarding Ostrom's Design Principles (see bibliography).