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University of Nottingham (2004)

The socio-economic and cultural aspects in the implementation of water demand management : a case study in the Sultanate of Oman

Al-Shaqsi, Saif Rashid Saif

Titre : The socio-economic and cultural aspects in the implementation of water demand management : a case study in the Sultanate of Oman

Auteur : Al-Shaqsi, Saif Rashid Saif.

Université de soutenance : University of Nottingham

Grade  : Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) : 2004

Résumé
Using demand side management is crucial, particularly in arid countries with limited water resources like Oman. Demand management concentrates on the planning and implementation of policies and measures that aim to reduce water consumption. This means water users have to change their attitudes and behaviours toward their water consumption. These policies and measures are new to Oman because until recently the water authorities have been able to meet increasing demand for water supply by accessing additional sources or over exploiting existing sources. Lowering of the water table, salt water intrusion, soil deterioration, desertification and reduction in aflaj flows are damaging and worrying outcomes of the water deficit in the country. The result is that water resources in Oman have become depleted and they are not being used sustainably. Forcing water users to reduce their water consumption or even criticising them for their misuse of this valuable resource, are highly sensitive issues in Oman. If demand management is to be introduced successfully, challenges in adapting the policies and measures required to make them acceptable to stakeholders will have to be overcome. This research attempts to move forward the debate on demand management in Oman by exploring the vision and perspectives of three stakeholder groups (water professionals, irrigation water users and municipal water users) about implementing water demand management policies and measures in Oman. The overall outcome of the research is encouraging in that all three groups agreed that demand management is necessary and they supported all the techniques and policies of water demand management except those related to charging for water. Based on this finding, a strategy is proposed for water demand management formulation and implementation in Oman. It is clear, however, that a great deal of further research in hydrology, socio-economic and behavioural sciences will be necessary in order to convert the outline strategy presented in this thesis into detailed and practical steps in the formulation and implementation of demand management in Oman.

Présentation : EThOS (UK)

Accès au document : Proquest Dissertations & Theses

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