Water rights

[Anonymous].  Submitted.  A struggle for water rights in Upper Mustang, Nepal.

This ethnographic research, by integrating historical and comparative approaches, investigated how water rights are defined and contested in a cold, arid region of upper Mustang in Nepal. The struggle for water rights was found to take place at three levels:

  1. to acquire and defend rights to access water;
  2. to defend to take part in collective decision making, and defining water rights contents; and
  3. to legitimize contesting claims.