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Is a surface-water market physically feasible in Pakistan's Indus Basin Irrigation System?

Agha Akram

Water International, 2013, vol. 38, issue 5, 552-570

Abstract: This paper argues that a water market is physically feasible in the existing reality of Pakistan's Indus Basin Irrigation System at the watercourse and distributary levels. The paper starts by describing the existing system and contrasts it with ideal economic management of surface water. It then lays out the degree and extent of modification to outlet structures that would be needed to enable trading based on structure type and the scale of the water-trading region, along with a first glance at the relative costs of those modifications. The ongoing decentralization of irrigation management should support water-trading efforts.

Date: 2013
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DOI: 10.1080/02508060.2013.832099

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