Centre for Civil Society and Governance

Asian Irrigation Governance and Management Network


Asia is among one of the most dynamic regions in the world. The fundamentality of political and socioeconomic settings has been altered following the financial and economic turmoil in the region. The economic growth, infrastructure development and industrialization are swelling impacts on water resources in the form of resource degradation and social conflict at many stances. Throughout Asia, degradation of natural resources is happening at an increasing rate and is a primary environmental concern. Recent tragedies associated with climate change have clear footprints on the land degradation and water course changing. A significant proportion of water resources are consumed through irrigation activities, where water resource degradation and water pollution are often the result of overexploitation and contamination by industrial users who make resource-use decisions based on a complex matrix of options and potential outcomes. Changes in irrigation activities ultimately affect the livelihood and well-being of both rural and urban communities.

Informed policy guidance in the sustainable governance and management of water resources in general is increasingly important due to conflicting and competing demand and uses of these resources in the changing economic context in Asia. In addition to policy, the robustness and resilience of water institutions, including irrigation institutions, and their associated management practices should be strengthened in order to achieve future sustainability in the water sector.


The Nepal Irrigation Institutions and Systems (NIIS) database compiles more than 200 case studies for the study of common‐pool resources and social‐ecological systems. The earliest cases date from the 1980’s and 1990s, with longitudinal data for these case studies being collected continuously over 3 decades. Previous meetings have concluded that NIIS database is an important source of information for the study of water management and, hence, should continue to be updated and maintained.

With the changing social-ecological systems in Nepal and the emergence of new challenges and uncertainties in Asia, there is a need for developing an Asian Irrigation Institutions and Systems (AIIS) database, building upon the structure, design and methods of NIIS. The AIIS database, which captures the eccentricity of irrigation systems across Asia, will enable researchers to conduct comparative analysis of water institutions and management, with particular reference to how water systems can be robust and resilient to shocks and disturbances.  Geographical diversity within Asia will be a distinctive feature of the database which will cover irrigation systems from China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand.

For more inquiries, please contact Dr. Theresa LORENZO at ccsg@hku.hk.

Home Institutions of Network Members

  • Ostrom Center for the Advanced study in Natural Resources Governance (OCeAN), Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
  • Centre for Civil Society and Governance, The University of Hong Kong
    (represented by Professor LAM Wai-Fung & Dr. LORENZO Theresa Marie)
  • Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai Thailand
  • Guizhou Normal University, Guizhou, China
  • Faculty of Agriculture, Universitas Andalas, Padang, Indonesia.
  • School of Economics and Management, Tongji University, Shanghai, China
  • Nuclear Institute of Agriculture and Biology, Faislabad, Pakistan
  • Department of Economics, Punjab University, Chandigarh, India.
  • Faculty of Social Science, National Chengchi University, Taiwan.
  • Department of Economics and Sustainability, Amrita University, Kochi, India.
  • School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, China

Upcoming Research Event

Research Meeting of the Asian Irrigation Governance and Management Network on “Resilient Community Irrigation Management in Context of Climate Change and multifunctional Rural-Urban Water Use competition in Asia”

Hosted Jointly by Ostrom Center for Advanced study in Natural Resources Governance (OCeAN), Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and Centre for Civil Society and Governance (CCSG), The University of Hong Kong

Date: June 24-25, 2022

Venue: AIT Conference Center

Date: June 26-27, 2022

Venue: CMU, Chiang Mai

Details: http://ocean.ait.ac.th/research-meeting-2022/

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Ongoing projects deal with different aspects of bureaucratic control in authoritarian regimes, such as administrative oversight, juridical intervention, internal reporting, and legislative decision-making.

He holds a PhD Degree in Public Policy from the O’Neill School of Public and Environment Affairs and the Department of Political Science, Indiana University Bloomington.

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