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Water Policy in Israel

Context, Issues and Options

Becker, Nir (Ed.)

2013, XII, 296 p. 50 illus., 33 illus. in color.

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  • Offers a historical overview of water policy, and an assessment of the current policy atmosphere
  • Expert contributors explore water supply and demand, and explain the entire spectrum of relevant issues
  • The insights offered here, while specific to Israel, are broadly applicable to other countries

This book deals with water policy in Israel. It offers a detailed examination of the main sources of Israel’s water, its principle consumers, the gap between supply and demand, and the complex, contentious work of analyzing and devising the nation’s water management and use policies.

Water Policy in Israel is arranged in five broad sections: The dynamics of moving from one policy era to another; Supply management; Demand management; The importance of the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea; and Regional and global issues including water conflict and cooperation and climate change.

Expert contributors discuss such topics as the history of Israel’s water policy, and the reasoning which explains long periods of policy stalemate, especially in situations where the risks generated by prolonged impasse are obvious. Other chapters describe efforts to meet agricultural demand for water by augmenting supplies with groundwater management, waste water re-use and desalination. The impact of climate change is discussed, along with the international dimensions of water policy, including many examples of conflict and cooperation between Israel and its neighbors, the Arab-Israeli conflict and possible areas of cooperation and conciliation. The last two chapters include a review of the last reforms initiated by the Israeli Water Authority in light of the foregoing issues which is followed by the last chapter, presenting the editor’s assessment and conclusions.

Content Level » Upper undergraduate

Keywords » Decision making - Israel - Water management - Water policy

Related subjects » Earth Sciences & Geography - Economics - Geography - Law - Pollution and Remediation - Water Policy, Governance, and Management

Table of contents 

1. Israeli Water Economy: Context and Setting

N. Becker

2. The Three Eras of Israeli Water Policies

E. Feitelson

3. Policy Stalemate and Policy Change in Israel's Water Policy 1970-2000s: Advocacy Coalitions and Policy Narratives

S. Gilad and G. Menahem

4. Water in Agriculture

Y. Kislev

5. Water for Nature Policy in Israel

A. Tal And D. Katz

6. Wastewater Reuse Policy in Israel

D. Lavee and Tomer Ash

7. Water Desalination Policy in Israel Project Choice and Investment Policies: A Critical Look

C. Lipchin and Erica Spiritos

8. Groundwater Management

A. Furman and Hila Abu

9. Market Based Regulations on Water Users

D. Disegni

10. Non-Price Mechanisms for Water Conservation in Israel

D. Katz

11. Water Quality Assessment and Management of Lake Kinnert: Effects and Feedbacks

A. Parparov, G. Gal and D. Markel

12. The Dead Sea: Is the Read-Dead Canal a Sustainable Solution

D. Markel, M. Beith and J. Alster

13. Impacts of Changes in Regional Rainfall Distribution Patterns on Winter Agriculture in Israel

I. Kan and N. Zeitouni

14. A State of Uncertainty With Regard to the Future Global Climate Calls for a New National Plan to Ensure the Safe Supply of Water for Israel.

A. Isar and Y. Livsitz

15. Basin Management in the Context of Israel and the Palestine Authority

R. Laster and D. Livney

16. The International Dimension of Water Policy in Israel

D. Shmueli and R. Aviram

17. The Reforms Implemented by the Water Authority

E. Feinerman, H. Frenkel and U. Shani

18. Concluding Remarks: Policy Options and Research Agenda

Nir Becker


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