International Rainwater Catchment Systems Conference
Catchment: An Answer to the Water Scarcity of the Next Millennium."
Petrolina, Brazil - July 1999
Section 5: Political and Socio-economic Aspects of Rainwater Catchment
Peasants Attitudes Towards Participation in Floodwater
Spreading Systems Development - The Case of the Gareh Bygone Project
Fars Research Center for Natural Resources
and Animal Husbandry
P.O. Box 71 555 - 617
The Gareh Bygone floodwater project has many positive
effects on peasants' lives. Nowadays, the irrigated area in the plain is
several times larger than at the beginning of the project. This enlargement has
caused a steep increase in the income of the farmers and has new provided jobs.
The number of livestock has decreased, while the harvested area has increased.
By filling out 69 random questionnaires and by interviewing peasants, the
necessary information about the Willingness To Pay (WTP) for developing and
conserving the project was collected. Depending on each families interests in
the project, their willingness to pay differs.
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