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Sustainability of agricultural water management associations in Iran (Case study of Khuzestan Province)

Tahmasb Maghsoudi, Farzaneh Kazemi Yazdi, Mehdi Shariatzadeh Joneydi, Navid Taghizadeh Sedighi and Hanieh Davodi

One of the Iran problems is facing a shortage of freshwater resources. That much of the resources used in agriculture, water demand management in this sector is most important strategies for dealing with limitations of water resources. Water User Associations is possible water resources management in agricultural sector. The purpose of this study is investigates the sustainable ways in agricultural water management in Iran. This research paradigm is quantitative and this study is descriptive and applicatory. Statistical population of the study consisted of 120 experts from the Khuzestan Province who were taken census from. The main instrument of the study was questionnaire. Results show that six factors of education and facilitation (%16.02), financial support (%13.12), water availability (%9.36), proper structure (%7.16), transfer management (%6.94) and varieties of institution functions (%5.77) accounted for %58.39 of variance related to sustainability of agricultural water management institutions.