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The Economics of Water Management in Southern Africa

An Environmental Accounting Approach Glenn-Marie Lange, The World Bank Environment Department, US and Rashid Hassan, Professor of Environmental Economics and Director, Centre for Environment and Economic Policy in Africa, University of Pretoria, South Africa
This book presents a valuable new tool for water management – water resource accounting – which significantly advances the economic analysis of water. Water resource accounts integrate detailed information about water supply and use with national income accounts to show the economic use of water, costs and tariffs paid, and the economic value of water for different economic uses.
Extent: 320 pp
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Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 978 1 84376 472 4
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  • Development Studies
  • Development Economics
  • Development Studies
  • Economics and Finance
  • Development Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environment
  • Environmental Economics
  • Management Natural Resources
  • Water
This book presents a valuable new tool for water management – water resource accounting – which significantly advances the economic analysis of water. Water resource accounts integrate detailed information about water supply and use with national income accounts to show the economic use of water, costs and tariffs paid, and the economic value of water for different economic uses.

Based on the UN’s handbook for environmental accounting, this book describes the implementation and policy application of water accounts in three African countries – Botswana, Namibia and South Africa – and discusses how they have been used by water managers. The book compares water use across the three countries, explaining the differences in water resources and water policy. In addition to the comprehensive outline of physical and monetary water accounts for each country, the authors provide an extensive discussion of water valuation as well as addressing a number of issues of regional importance, including water accounting for an international river basin and the impact of trade on each country’s water use.

By demonstrating the usefulness of water resource accounts, this book makes a major contribution to the literature on water economics and management, sustainable development, and to the development of environmental accounting in general. The Economics of Water Management in Southern Africa will appeal to a wide readership including:

• environmental and development economists
• NGOs concerned with sustainable development
• environmental advocacy groups
• professionals (economists and environmentalists) working in Africa on water and sustainable development issues
• water professionals
• national accounts experts and statisticians.
With contributions from: Jaap Arntzen, Jackie Crafford and Eric Mungatana
Contents:

Preface

1. Introduction to Water Issues and Water Accounting in Southern Africa
Glenn-Marie Lange and Rashid Hassan

PART I: WATER ACCOUNTS
2. Water Accounting in Botswana: Progress and Challenges
Jaap Arntzen

3. Water Accounts and Water Policy in Namibia
Glenn-Marie Lange

4. Environmental and Economic Accounts for Water in South Africa
Rashid Hassan and Jackie Crafford

PART II: MAJOR REGIONAL WATER POLICY ISSUES
5. Comparison of Water Use in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa
Glenn-Marie Lange and Rashid Hassan

6. International Trade and Water Use
Glenn-Marie Lange and Rashid Hassan

PART III: ECONOMIC VALUATION OF WATER
7. Methodologies for Valuation of Water Services
Glenn-Marie Lange and Rashid Hassan

8. Case Studies of Water Valuation in Namibia’s Commercial Farming Areas
Glenn-Marie Lange

9. The Value of Water for Off-stream Uses in South Africa
Rashid Hassan and Eric Mungatana

References

Index