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.
- Small holders
- Water rights
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
- Water Science and Technology