Vulnerability of a Run-of-River Irrigation Scheme to Extreme Hydrological Conditions - A Case Study of the Bwanje Valley Irrigation Scheme, Malawi

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Vulnerability of a Run-of-River Irrigation Scheme to Extreme Hydrological Conditions - A Case Study of the Bwanje Valley Irrigation Scheme, Malawi

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dc.contributor.advisor FitzGibbon, John
dc.contributor.author Johnstone, James
dc.date 2011-08-19
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-15T15:17:08Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-15T15:17:08Z
dc.date.issued 2011-09-15
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/3008
dc.description.abstract Irrigation plays an extremely important role in agriculture but climate change is predicted to modify climate patterns with potentially devastating consequences for irrigation. Potential impacts and adaptations are known, but not how implementation strategies may be implemented at the individual irrigation scheme level. Using a case study approach and qualitative research methods this thesis describes the Bwanje Valley Irrigation Scheme (BVIS), Malawi in order to explain how water is managed. Subsequently, historical adaptations are described in order to draw conclusions concerning the vulnerability of the BVIS under normal and extreme hydrological conditions. The BVIS is vulnerable in all conditions because it utilizes a common pool resource. As water supply decreases, irrigation water management becomes less and less equitable which makes the system extremely sensitive to changes in water supply. Capacity to adapt to climate change is limited to funding provided by external agencies which currently limit adaptations to reactive changes en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Vulnerability; Adaptation; Irrigation Water Management; Extreme Hydrological Conditions; Climate Change; Social-Ecological Systems en_US
dc.title Vulnerability of a Run-of-River Irrigation Scheme to Extreme Hydrological Conditions - A Case Study of the Bwanje Valley Irrigation Scheme, Malawi en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Rural Planning and Development en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science (Planning) en_US
dc.degree.department School of Environmental Design and Rural Development en_US


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