This book aims to show that economics in general and non-market valuation methods in particular, together with participatory and engineering tools, can facilitate the design and implementation of the different European policies in relation to mitigation of water stress. The results presented in this book derive from AquaStress, an EU funded integrated project, delivering interdisciplinary methodologies to help mitigate water stress problems. The project draws on both academic and practitioner skills to generate knowledge in technological, operational management, policy, socio-economic, and environmental domains.
The book is divided in three parts and as the AquaStress project, is case study driven. Part I begins with a review of the up-to-date use of non-market valuation economic methods in the design and implementation of EU water policies. Part II of the book proceeds to discuss and analyze participatory and engineering tools that can facilitate the determination of efficient water resources policies and the consequent implementation of the EU WFD, using case studies of test sites from Bulgaria, Italy, Morocco and Poland. Part III of the book, brings us back to the use of economic tools and focuses on policy appraisal through social cost-benefit analyses and the choice/estimation of the socially efficient discount rate to be used in such analyses. The book concludes with specific policy recommendations for all case-studies considered in previous chapters.
This work would be of most interest to water resources managers and policy makers as well as consultants working on the implementation of the WFD. It would also be helpful to students and scholars of water resource management.
'This book will be of most interest to individuals interested in the use of 'economics' to understand environmental problems with economic tools, both theoretical and applied'.
- Robert E. Wright, University of Strathclyde, UK
|List of figures||p. ix|
|List of tables||p. xi|
|List of contributors||p. xiv|
|Can choice experiment help in the policy design process? Selected case studies on AquaStress mitigation||p. 9|
|Choice experiments informing water resources policymaking: a review||p. 11|
|Local public’s valuation of flood risk reduction, biodiversity conservation and recreational activities: the Polish case study||p. 30|
|Understanding farmers’ preferences for water policy design: the Portuguese case study||p. 45|
|Estimating farmers’ valuation of aquifer recharge with treated wastewater: the Cypriot case study||p. 76|
|An analysis of water users’ preferences for a community-based management regime to manage groundwater use: the Tunisian case study||p. 89|
|Can participatory and engineering instruments help in the policy design process? Selected case studies on AquaStress mitigation||p. 107|
|The use of multi-agent based models to support water resources management: the Moroccan case study||p. 109|
|Industrial water management as a water stress mitigation option: the Bulgarian and Polish case studies||p. 124|
|Enhanced reservoir operation as an instrument for supporting water stress mitigation: the Italian case study||p. 196|
|Concluding remarks for cost-benefit analysis of water stress mitigation options||p. 221|
|Defining the discount rate trajectory for the evaluation of water stress mitigation policies and projects||p. 223|
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Series: Routledge Explorations in Environmental Economics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 10th June 2009
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88 x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1