This paper discusses the institutional arrangements for water management in the Lerma-Chapala basin in central Mexico and how well they are dealing with basin closure. An overview of the basin's water resources and uses (e.g. irrigated agriculture, and urban and irrigated water supply) is given. In addition, the legal, policy and institutional conditions affecting the governance and management of river basin are explored. This basin profile provides the backdrop for an analysis of the essential functions for river basin management. Some key challenges facing the basin, namely surface and groundwater allocation mechanisms and the management of derivative water, are reviewed.
|Title of host publication||Irrigation and River Basin Management. Options for Governance and Institutions|
|Place of Publication||Oxon|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|