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9th International Rainwater Catchment Systems Conference
"Rainwater 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

Paper 5.1

Peasants Attitudes Towards Participation in Floodwater Spreading Systems Development - The Case of the Gareh Bygone Project

Assadollah Bakhtiar
Fars Research Center for Natural Resources
and Animal Husbandry
P.O. Box 71 555 - 617
Shiraz, Iran


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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