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Coping with Water Deficiency

From Research to Policymaking

With Examples from Southern Europe, the Mediterranean and Developing Countries

Series: Environment & Policy, Vol. 48

Koundouri, Phoebe (Ed.)

2008, XIII, 243 p.

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  • Reports the results of the ARID cluster of projects, which examine water scarcity and demand in arid and semi-arid regions in the Mediterranean and Southern European Countries
  • Presents recent examples of methods for the identification of water management issues and proposed mitigation measures in developing countries
  • Demonstrates the need for effective water management tools and decision-making practices

In keeping with the Water Framework Directive, this book stresses the need for an Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach to balance the competing demands for water among the domestic, agricultural, industrial, tourist, and environmental/ecological sectors. The IWRM also promotes economically efficient, socially equitable, and environmentally sustainable water use in selected regions in Southern Europe, the Mediterranean, and the developing world.

Research results discussed in this book demonstrate that effective water management tools and decision-making practices are needed to support interventions to increase availability and manage the growing demand for scarce water supplies. Furthermore, the book bridges the gap between ideas and actions endorsed in the research-oriented environmental debate and their translation into policymaking structures and programs in developed and developing countries.

Many water resources management topics are covered, including research tools for the characterization of water stress, policy proposals for its alleviation, tools and methods for decision-making, water policies and pricing schemes, stakeholder participati

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Environmental Economics and Management - Integrated Water Resource Management - Policy Making - Water Economics and Management - Water Framework Directive - Water Resources - Water resource management - Water resources management - development

Related subjects » Environmental / Development / Agricultural Economics - Pollution and Remediation - Social Sciences - Water Policy, Governance, and Management

Table of contents 

1. Introduction. Phoebe Koundouri, Yiannis Kountouris and Kyriaki Remoundou PART I: ARID CLUSTER RESULTS 2. Water Management on Mediterranean Islands: Pressure, Recommended Policy and Management Options. Antonia A. Donta, Manfred, A. Lange and the MEDIS consortium 3. The Range of Existing Circumstances in the WaterStrategyMan Case Studies. Bernard Barraqué, Christos Karavitis, Pipina Katsiardi 4. Landscape Sensitivity, Resilience and Sustainable Watershed Management. James McGlade, Brian S. McIntosh, Paul Jeffrey 5. Using Economic Valuation Techniques to Inform Water Resources Management in the Southern European and Mediterranean and Developing Countries: A survey and critical appraisal of available techniques and applications. Ekin Birol, Phoebe Koundouri and Yiannis Kountouris 6. The Case for Declining Long-Term Discount Rates in the Evaluation of Flood-Defense Investments. Phoebe Koundouri 7. Models and Decisions Support Systems for Participatory Decisions Making in Integrated Water Resource Management. Carlo Giupponi and Alessandra Sgobbi PART II: RESULTS FROM THE DEVELOPING WORLD 8. Evaluating the Institutional-Impact Interactions in the Context of Millennium Development Goals: Analytical Framework with Empirical Results. R. Maria Saleth, Ariel Dinar, and Susanne Neubert 9. Resource Pricing and Poverty Alleviation: The Case of Block Tariffs for Water in Beijing. Ben Groom, Xiaoying Liu and Tim Swanson

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