Water Resources Allocation and Agriculture: Transitioning from Open to Regulated Access
The book brings together a range of leading scholars and practitioners to compile an international account of water allocation policies supporting a transition to sustainable water use in regions where agriculture is the dominant water use. In Section 1, the collection canvasses five key cross-cutting issues shaping the challenge of sustainable water allocation policy, such as legal and economic perspectives, the role of politics, the setting of environmental flows, and the importance of indigenous rights. Section 2 presents 13 national, state and transboundary case studies of water allocation policy, covering cases from Europe, the Americas, Central Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific region. These case studies highlight novel and innovative elements of water allocation regimes, which respond to the cross-cutting issues addressed in Section 1, as well as local challenges and social and environmental imperatives. The book provides a comprehensive account of water allocation in a range of international settings and provides a reference point for practitioners and scholars worldwide wishing to draw on the latest advances on how to design and implement sustainable water allocation systems.
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Chapter 6: Economics and water allocation reform
C. Dionisio Pérez-Blanco, 2022. "Economics and water allocation reform", Water Resources Allocation and Agriculture: Transitioning from Open to Regulated Access, Josselin Rouillard, Christina Babbitt, Edward Challies, Jean-Daniel Rinaudo
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This chapter discusses major economic challenges and outlines key economic considerations in the design and implementation of water allocation reforms where agriculture is a major water use. It first examines key economic issues in water allocation reform, focusing on the challenges brought by the trade-offs between efficiency, social (distributive) justice, environmental sustainability and institutional reform, and the inherent uncertainties in managing these trade-offs, which are amplified by the complex nature of social-ecological systems. Based on this analysis, the chapter outlines a series of principles towards a water allocation reform that achieves sustainable, equitable and robust economic growth, and discusses the role of economic instruments in such reform. Finally, it identifies persistent research gaps towards delivering actionable science for informed water (re)allocations.