A Case Study of Community-Based Water Management in Čadrg in Slovenia’s Triglav National Park

TitleA Case Study of Community-Based Water Management in Čadrg in Slovenia’s Triglav National Park
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsPipan P, Smid-Hribar M
Tertiary AuthorsUrbanc M
Conference NameIASC2017
KeywordsCadrg, common-pool resources, commons, institution, Slovenia, water governance
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Water as an essential source for living, has been worldwide recognized as vulnerable and conflict-prone resource. In Slovenia drinking water is still perceived as something taken for granted and most of citizens are ill-informed about water management and governance. The number of settlements where water sources have been governed by the local population is decreasing due to pressure of water companies to take over the watergovernance. According to the Decree on drinking water supply (2012) settlements with less than 50 inhabitants may in certain cases run their own water supply systems. One of such examples is the Čadrg village in Triglav national park with 49 inhabitants which is known as an eco-village famous for its organic dairy and meat products. In 2011 inhabitants established Water Board of private water supply.

Food producers in Slovenia are by law obliged to carry out water monitoring and its treatment if needed, for which chlorination is most commonly used. Since organic farming in Čadrg is closely linked to the identity of the inhabitants, as well to tourism, the use of chlorine was unacceptable for residents. Therefore, they choose an alternative way of water treatment with the help of UV light. As this was impossible to arrange with existing public municipal water company, they gained a water permit directly from the state. Since the inhabitants govern their water by themselves, its is cheaper and according to their opinion water is of better quality and healthier. Furthermore, perhaps the most important benefit according to locals is the ability to govern and manage their water by themselves and the independency from municipal public company. Beside the organic label that the village has, the water issue, and the way how they govern it became another symbol which all inhabitants are very proud of and identify with.

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Community-based drinking water governance regimes in Čadrg

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Čadrg is a scattered mountain village in the southern part of the Western Julian Alps in western Slovenia. It belongs to the Municipality of Tolmin, which is characterized by its position near the border, its inaccessibility, being demographically threatened, and a peripheral location. Čadrg has forty-five permanent residents, and its high percentage of young residents means it is one of the few mountain villages in the municipality with good prospects for the future.The village community has...
09 Jun 2017