Comparative groundwater management: Findings from an exploratory global survey

John Kemoli Sagala, Zachary A. Smith

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We present data from a comparative exploratory global survey on groundwater resource management on issues of law and policy, legal ownership, control, and access. A questionnaire pilot-survey was mailed to agencies and departments involved in water management in 185 countries. We obtained feedback from 104 countries representing a 54% response rate. Data results were analysed using descriptive statistics. The study proceeds with a brief introduction to the study followed by a discussion of the methods of data collection, sources of data, major findings, and problems of the survey. It concludes with a discussion on the policy implications of the survey's results on conventional groundwater resource management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)258-267
Number of pages10
JournalWater International
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2008


  • Control and access
  • Groundwater resources
  • Law and policy
  • Legal ownership
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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