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Water Management in the 21st Century

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Water Management in the 21st Century

The Allocation Imperative

9781840640809 Edward Elgar Publishing
Terence Richard Lee, Independent Consultant
Publication Date: February 2000 ISBN: 978 1 84064 080 9 Extent: 224 pp
The challenge to manage the allocation of water efficiently and equably will become a dominant theme of the new millennium. At a time when the cost of obtaining fresh water is rising throughout the globe, Terence Lee analyses the means for establishing and operating effective water markets. He proposes the application of economic instruments and the transfer of water management administration to the private sector as a means to guarantee acceptable water quality in the future in both developed and developing countries.

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The challenge to manage the allocation of water efficiently and equably will become a dominant theme of the new millennium. At a time when the cost of obtaining fresh water is rising throughout the globe, Terence Lee analyses the means for establishing and operating effective water markets. He proposes the application of economic instruments and the transfer of water management administration to the private sector as a means to guarantee acceptable water quality in the future in both developed and developing countries. This treatment of water as an economic commodity implies a change in the traditional role of governments in water management.

The themes explored in this book will be of interest to environmental and resource economists as well as practitioners and policymakers.
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‘Interest in water resources reallocation via water markets has been increasing over the last two decades in response to several factors, and while many authors have devoted attention to the whys, wherefores, and implications of resource shifts, as well as to the relative successes and failures of water markets, few have given the market mechanism itself as careful consideration as Terence Richard Lee. . . Lee has provided a valuable look at how privatization might be accomplished and effectively managed. . .’
– David Shively, Economic Geography
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Contents: Introduction 1. Confronting the Scarcity of Water 2. Institutional Approaches Towards Water Management 3. Allocating Water Among Competing Users 4. Private Participation in Water Management 5. Regulation 6. Water Management and the Challenges of the 21st Century Index
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