Managing groundwater as a common-pool resource: An Australian case study

  • Sarkera A
  • Baldwinb C
  • Rossa H
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Abstract

Over-appropriation and degradation of groundwater can result from lack of recognition of, and inappropriate arrangements for, managing groundwater as a common-pool resource. An irrigators group in the Lockyer Valley, South-East Queensland, Australia and the Queensland government are currently working together to address over- exploitation of groundwater through a co-management model designed to be nested within the state and national water reform framework. This paper applies Ostrom’s design principles for common-pool resource governance to this proposed co-management framework to strengthen the approach

Author-supplied keywords

  • Co-management
  • Collaboration
  • Common-pool resource
  • Design principles
  • Groundwater
  • Water resources

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Authors

  • Ashutosh Sarkera

  • Claudia Baldwinb

  • Helen Rossa

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