A Conceptual model to explain and identify Rafsanjan Plain water governance: A grounded theory study

Abstract

Z. Goudarzi, M. Chizari, H. Sadighi, A. Bagheri

Water governance explores how water management policies and management practices are built. It requires processes that encourage people to participate in the design, planning, management, and implementation of water management activities and empower communities to change. To shift from the current groundwater management paradigm, a comprehensive focus on groundwater governance is required optimal utilization of aquifers and beyond in the catchment area requires management that, given the qualitative characteristics of groundwater reservoirs, can exploit them in terms of the development or application of operating restrictions before creating undesirable conditions, or critical determination and preventing irreparable damage. This report attempts to illustrate the relationship between the uncontrolled exploitation of aquifers and its consequences. In this regard, Rafsanjan plain has been selected as a case study of one of the critical forbidden plains of the country. A grounded theory study by using deep interviews was conducted with surviving farmers (n=51), governmental sector experts (n=21), and Private sector experts (n=10) in Kerman province (Rafsanjan’s plain), Iran. Data were analyzed using constant comparison in open, axial, and selective coding stages. And developed a conceptual model through the grounded theory study to explain the relationships between the main categories extracted.

Keywords: Rafsanjan plain; groundwater governance; grounded theory study

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