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Sustainability 2018, 10(1), 264; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10010264

Quantitative Analysis on the Influence Factors of the Sustainable Water Resource Management Performance in Irrigation Areas: An Empirical Research from China

School of Public Administration, Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics, Hangzhou 310018, China
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Received: 25 November 2017 / Revised: 13 January 2018 / Accepted: 15 January 2018 / Published: 20 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
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Abstract

Performance evaluation and influence factors analysis are vital to the sustainable water resources management (SWRM) in irrigation areas. Based on the objectives and the implementation framework of modern integrated water resources management (IWRM), this research systematically developed an index system of the performances and their influence factors ones of the SWRM in irrigation areas. Using the method of multivariate regression combined with correlation analysis, this study estimated quantitatively the effect of multiple factors on the water resources management performances of irrigation areas in the Ganzhou District of Zhangye, Gansu, China. The results are presented below. The overall performance is mainly affected by management enabling environment and management institution with the regression coefficients of 0.0117 and 0.0235, respectively. The performance of ecological sustainability is mainly influenced by local economic development level and enable environment with the regression coefficients of 0.08642 and −0.0118, respectively. The performance of water use equity is mainly influenced by information publicity, administrators’ education level and ordinary water users’ participation level with the correlation coefficients of 0.637, 0.553 and 0.433, respectively. The performance of water use economic efficiency is mainly influenced by the management institutions and instruments with the regression coefficients of −0.07844 and 0.01808, respectively. In order to improve the overall performance of SWRM in irrigation areas, it is necessary to strengthen the public participation, improve the manager’ ability and provide sufficient financial support on management organization. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable water resources management; integrated water resources management; impact factors of performance; quantitative analysis; irrigation areas sustainable water resources management; integrated water resources management; impact factors of performance; quantitative analysis; irrigation areas
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Pan, H.; Xu, Q. Quantitative Analysis on the Influence Factors of the Sustainable Water Resource Management Performance in Irrigation Areas: An Empirical Research from China. Sustainability 2018, 10, 264.

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