Over-appropriation and degradation of groundwater can result from lack of recognition of, and inappropriate arrangements for, managing groundwater as a common-pool resource. An irrigators group in the Lockyer Valley, South-East Queensland, Australia and the Queensland government are currently working together to address over-exploitation of groundwater through a co-management model designed to be nested within the state and national water reform framework. This paper applies Ostrom's design principles for common-pool resource governance to this proposed co-management framework to strengthen the approach.
Research Article|October 01 2009
Managing groundwater as a common-pool resource: an Australian case study
Ashutosh Sarker, Claudia Baldwin, Helen Ross; Managing groundwater as a common-pool resource: an Australian case study. Water Policy 1 October 2009; 11 (5): 598–614. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wp.2009.076
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