A millenarian water rights system and water markets in Oman

Slim Zekri, Ahmed Salim Al-Marshudi

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Abstract

Centuries ago, water scarcity in Oman led to the development of a system of water allocation based on water rights, the falaj. Both the existence of water rights and the management system largely explain why the falaj system has continued to exist for centuries. This paper addresses the falaj from a management point of view to show what makes this community-managed institution successful compared to other water associations. The second part of the paper considers the opportunity and requirements to open up the water market for transfers to domestic uses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)350-360
Number of pages11
JournalWater International
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2008

Keywords

  • Falaj
  • Groundwater
  • Oman
  • Small holders
  • Water rights

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Water Science and Technology

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