chapter  9
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Participatory Irrigation Management: Promoting Community-based Water User Associations in the Piyuan Canal Rehabilitation Project

ByPiyuan Canal Rehabilitation Project Li Ou, Tim Zachernuk and Han Yong

The Piyuan Canal Rehabilitation Project (PCRP) was initiated in 1998 with the aim of creating a sustainable community-based approach to irrigation management. Management reforms have involved the creation of water user associations – giving water users a primary role in the operation and maintenance of the irrigation system. This case study provides lessons for capacity building in participation in the approach known internationally as participatory irrigation management (PIM).