What is it about?

Managing groundwater is complex because it involves several intricated factors including hydrological, geological, socio-political and socio-economic factors. This paper evaluates the current groundwater governance mechanisms in India and its impact on the sustainability of the resource from a property rights perspective.

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Why is it important?

Groundwater has been pivotal in lifting millions of rural poor out of poverty in South Asia. However, excessive rates of groundwater extraction have threatened the viability of the resource and the livelihoods of those who depend on it.


Writing this article was a great pleasure as its co-authors have a long-standing friendship, going all the way back to their undergraduate studies. I hope you find this article interesting and thought-provoking.

Dr Jayanath Ananda
Central Queensland University

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This page is a summary of: An evaluation of groundwater institutions in India: a property rights perspective, Environment Development and Sustainability, August 2019, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1007/s10668-019-00448-8.
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