JOURNAL OF NATURAL RESOURCES ›› 2015, Vol. 30 ›› Issue (9): 1582-1593.doi: 10.11849/zrzyxb.2015.09.014

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Study on the Performance ofWater Users Association and Its Influencing Factors: An Empirical Study of 3949 WUAs in Jiangxi Province

ZHOU Li-ping1, WENG Zhen-lin1, DENG Qun-zhao2   

  1. 1. Research Center of Rural Land Resource Utilization and Protection, Jiangxi Agricultural University, Nanchang 330045, China;
    2.School of Management, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031, China
  • Received:2014-09-01 Revised:2015-01-22 Online:2015-09-15 Published:2015-09-15


In recent years, the number of water users association (WUA) showed explosive growth, but research on its operational performance and its influencing factors are not comprehensive and in-depth. Using data of 3949 WUAs in 11 cities of Jiangxi Province, this paper empirically studied the operational performance of WUAs and their affecting factors. Studies have shown that registration, the number of participated farmers, the boundaries of organization, the way the leaders are generated, the ownership certificates of the irrigation project, the condition of irrigation facilities, and the scale of the irrigation district all have significant positive impact on the performance of WUAs. But rented or borrowed office space, the number of WUA staff, the origin of WUA, and the status of the principal leaders of WUA have significant negative impact. To run the WUA well, the government should pay attention to the registration of WUA, improve the way of generating main leaders of the association, control the scale of WUA staff, and reform the property rights of small irrigation facilities.

CLC Number: 

  • F303.1