Groundwater Management in the Dry Zone
The challenge is to create institutional arrangements to make artesian groundwater use sustainable and equitable. The project will adopt a participatory action-research approach, combined with technical capacity building to develop and test inclusive institutional arrangements to restore artesian pressure in the CDZ. The project will also address inequities between water users to enhance equitable impact, which will include maintaining or enhancing resilience to climatic stress. To this end, the project has three objectives: 1. To understand why some private tubewell owners are reluctant to regulate tubewell flows, and to develop, test and implement a public information campaign to address underlying reasons for this reluctance; 2. To develop, pilot and evaluate local institutional arrangements (whose form will emerge from the research) for sustainable, efficient, participatory and socially inclusive artesian groundwater management practices; and 3. To support the effective roll-out of validated local institutional arrangements and contribute to the emerging management frameworks to govern groundwater in Myanmar.