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From Private Company to Water User Association and Natural Park over a Century: The Case of Riegos de Levante, Izquierda del Segura (Spain)

Institute of Water and Environmental Sciences, University of Alicante, 03690 San Vicente del Raspeig, Spain
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Water 2021, 13(5), 680; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13050680
Received: 21 December 2020 / Revised: 21 February 2021 / Accepted: 25 February 2021 / Published: 3 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water Economics and Water Distribution Management)
This work examines the transformations occurred with the shift from private company to water user association and natural park, looking at one collective irrigation system located in Alicante province (Spain): Riegos de Levante, Izquierda del Segura, one of the most extensive irrigation areas in Europe. Between 1918 and 2018, a process of change and transformation of both landscape and institutions occurred, considering: infrastructure expansion and its operation, the transfer of irrigation management responsibilities to water user association, after years of financial operations with water, thanks to state intervention, the coexistence of traditional agriculture with the modernisation of the irrigation systems, the history of an irrigation reservoir which was transformed into a natural site in 1988, or the evolution of the composition of water resources, taking into account the arrival of the Tajo-Segura transfer waters from the year 1979. The general objective is to understand key factors driving these changes, by means of a paradigmatic case study, as well as to identify policymaking and context-relevant dynamics that could enable it. View Full-Text
Keywords: water user association; irrigation water management; collective action; institutional change; Spain water user association; irrigation water management; collective action; institutional change; Spain
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Fernández-Aracil, P.; Melgarejo-Moreno, J.; López-Ortiz, M.-I. From Private Company to Water User Association and Natural Park over a Century: The Case of Riegos de Levante, Izquierda del Segura (Spain). Water 2021, 13, 680. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13050680

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Fernández-Aracil P, Melgarejo-Moreno J, López-Ortiz M-I. From Private Company to Water User Association and Natural Park over a Century: The Case of Riegos de Levante, Izquierda del Segura (Spain). Water. 2021; 13(5):680. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13050680

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Fernández-Aracil, Patricia, Joaquín Melgarejo-Moreno, and María-Inmaculada López-Ortiz. 2021. "From Private Company to Water User Association and Natural Park over a Century: The Case of Riegos de Levante, Izquierda del Segura (Spain)" Water 13, no. 5: 680. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13050680

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