Selection of Appropriate Technology in Irrigation Canal Systems

by Herve L. Plusquellec, World Bank, Washington, DC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Planning, Operation, Rehabilitation and Automation of Irrigation Water Delivery Systems


A variety of approaches to irrigation management and system operation exist and great care should be taken in selecting the one to be used in new or rehabilitation/modernization projects. This paper examines the objectives of an irrigation system from different perspectives and reviews the physical, managerial and socio-economic factors to be considered in the definition of operating rules and in the selection of appropriate control technology. Finally, some general recommendations on this selection process are presented.

Subject Headings: Irrigation systems | Canals | Systems management | Rehabilitation | Project management | Economic factors | Social factors | Terminology and definition

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