Small-Scaled Water Resources Project in Thailand: Failure Analysis and Improvement of Stakeholder Involvement

Piriya Uraiwong*, Tsunemi Watanabe

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Since its rapid economic development in the past thirty years, Thailand has implemented a number of water resources infrastructures significantly to support rapid rural development, industrialization, tourism development, domestic consumption, agriculture and other demands. However, many small-scale water resource projects gave rise to undesirable long-term fiscal burdens on the national government. This malfunction of existing facilities due to poor maintenance is typical case of collective action problems in small-scale water resource projects. The objective of this paper is to identify causes of failure in malfunction small-scaled water resources project employing failure knowledge database concept. Regardless of flood and dough, it was observed from the analysis results that one of the major causes of project failure is associated
with lack of project stakeholder management which may be part a result of weakness in the water resources policy, poor regulatory management and not well-developed arrangements for decentralization. In an attempt to improve stakeholder involvement in water resources project management in Thailand, encouragement the government official to conduct stakeholder analysis and beneficiary contribution approach are proposed in this paper. In parallel, capacity building for both government officials and locals is needed to increase awareness and knowledge regarding to water resources project management. There is no guarantee for these proposed issues. However, the proposed issues could offer the involvement of stakeholder right from the start and result in improved project development and management and may decrease number of failure small-scaled water resources project in Thailand.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberSMS12-6080
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalInternet Journal of Society for Social Management Systems
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


Dive into the research topics of 'Small-Scaled Water Resources Project in Thailand: Failure Analysis and Improvement of Stakeholder Involvement'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this