The Irrigation System of La Mancha Oriental, La Mancha Region, Albacete and Cuenca provinces, Spain

Resource System
Watershed and associated topography
Resource Units
Freshwater for irrigation

The Mancha Oriental Irrigation system is one aquifer of La Mancha Region, located in Albacete and Cuenca provinces in Spain. The case study involves an analysis of the evolution of the system from 1975 to 2000. The extension of the land is 8,500km2  but only 1,000Km2   is irrigated. The authors catalogue an action situation involving users that appropriates groundwater as resource units from the Júcar Hydrographic Confederation.

The original case study authors focused on institutions for collective management.  The case study has subsequently been used in comparative analyses regarding Ostrom's Design Principles (see bibliography).