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Water Accounting

International Approaches to Policy and Decision-making

9781849807494 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Jayne M. Godfrey, Dean, College of Business and Economics, The Australian National University and Keryn Chalmers, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Publication Date: 2012 ISBN: 978 1 84980 749 4 Extent: 336 pp
One of the most pressing global issues of the 21st century is the scarcity of water of a quantity appropriate to ensure economic, environmental and social sustainability. In addressing the issue through policy and management, of critical importance is access to high quality information. But water scarcity has many implications, and it is possible that different reporting approaches, generally called water accounting systems, can be appropriate to addressing them. In this groundbreaking book, international experts respond to the question: what role can water accounting play in resolving individual, organizational, industry, national and international economic, social and environmental issues? They explore how various forms of water accounting are utilized and the issues that they address.

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This groundbreaking book examines the role that water accounting can play in resolving economic, environmental and social issues.

One of the most pressing global issues of the 21st century is the scarcity of water to ensure economic, environmental and social sustainability. In addressing the issue through policy and management, access to high quality information is critically important. But water scarcity has many implications, and it is possible that different reporting approaches, generally called water accounting systems, can be appropriate to addressing them. In this key book, international experts respond to the question: what role can water accounting play in resolving economic, social and environmental issues at individual, organizational, industry, national and international levels? They explore how various forms of water accounting are utilized and the issues that they address.

Academics and postgraduate students interested in water scarcity and accounting will find this book invaluable. Policymakers in all areas relating to water as well as environmentalists, water industry managers and water lawyers will find plenty of important insights in this essential resource.
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‘. . . the book examines the topic in sufficient detail, in a scholarly manner, is easy to read and understand, and all chapters have a long list of references which would provide further reading material for those interested.’
– Chetan Pandit, Current Science
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Contributors: A. Allan, J. Andreu, W. Bastiaanssen, X. Cai, K. Chalmers, Q. Changhai, G.L. Clark, E. Corral, C.M. Cote, J. Cummings, H. Gan, J.M. Godfrey, R. Hassan, A.Y. Hoekstra, D.A. Hughes, P. Karimi, Q. Lu, J.R. Lund, R. Martinez-Lagunes, D. Molden, A. Momblanch, C.J. Moran, M. Muller, N.W.J. Muller, E. Mungatana, M. Nagy, J. Paredes, M.Á. Pérez, L. Pretorius, K. Ringwood, M. Slattery, A. Solera, M. Squillace, A. Turton, M. Vardon, Y. Wang, C. Woods
Contents
Contents:

Foreword

Introduction
Keryn Chalmers and Jayne M. Godfrey

PART I: WATER ACCOUNTING SYSTEMS
1. Beyond the Hydrographers’ Legacy: Water Accounting in Australia
Maryanne Slattery, Keryn Chalmers and Jayne M. Godfrey

2. The System of Environmental-Economic Accounting for Water: Development, Implementation and Use
Michael Vardon, Ricardo Martinez-Lagunes, Hong Gan and Michael Nagy

3. Water Footprint Accounting
Arjen Y. Hoekstra

4. Water Accounting to Assess Use and Productivity of Water: Evolution of a Concept and New Frontiers
Poolad Karimi, David Molden, Wim Bastiaanssen and Xueliang Cai

PART II: APPLICATION AND EVALUATION OF WATER ACCOUNTING SYSTEMS
5. Water Accounting in Mining and Minerals Processing
Claire M. Cote, Jason Cummings, Chris J. Moran and Kristina Ringwood

6. Potential for the Application of General Purpose Water Accounting in South Africa
Denis A. Hughes, Esther Corral and Nikite W.J. Muller

7. Potential Role of Standardized Water Accounting in Spanish Basins
Joaquín Andreu, Andrea Momblanch, Javier Paredes, Miguel Ángel Pérez and Abel Solera

8. Development and Application of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting for Water in China
Hong Gan, Yu Wang, Qiong Lu, Michael Vardon and Qin Changhai

9. Two Perspectives of Water Resource Accounting: Comparing the Australian and the United Nations Approaches
Eric Mungatana and Rashid Hassan

PART III: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES ADDRESSED BY WATER ACCOUNTING
10. The Impossible Planetary Trust: Intergenerational Equity, Long-term Investment and Water Governance and Regulation
Gordon L. Clark and Claire Woods

11. Water Accounting, Corporate Sustainability and the Public Interest
Mike Muller

12. Water Accounting and Conflict Mitigation
Lise Pretorius and Anthony Turton

13. The Role of Water Accounting System in the Avoidance and Resolution of International Water Disputes
Andrew Allan

14. Water Accounting Issues in California
Jay R. Lund

15. Accounting for Water Rights in the Western United States
Mark Squillace

Conclusion
Keryn Chalmers and Jayne M. Godfrey

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