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The last three decades have seen dramatic changes as increased hydraulic management has become the key to the development of the lower Mekong delta. This process has triggered the rise of new social groups, negotiating and struggling for increased access to resources and power. This paper illustrates how two such groups- the hydraulic bureaucracy and hydraulic construction groups- have emerged due to the growing need for water resources management in the delta and how they have set up alliances for mutually sharing resources. Furthermore, it is shown how both groups have adapted their resource‐oriented strategies and actions to respond to the changes in the economic and political environment in Vietnam’s recent history.

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Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Adaptation
  • Irrigation and water management
  • Water and sanitation NGOs
  • Water policy and administration
  • Water resources
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Cambodia
  • Viet Nam
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Thailand
Copyright Unclear copyright
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License CC-BY-4.0

Hans-Dieter Evers, hdevers@uni‐ Simon Benedikter, sbene@uni‐

Author (individual) Evers, Hans-Dieter
Co-author (individual) Benedikter, Simon
Publication date 2009
Pagination 23 p.
General note

Water Alternatives Volume 2, Issue 3, 416‐439

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Date modified June 24, 2015, 04:30 (UTC)