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Water Markets

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Water Markets

A Global Assessment

9781788976923 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Sarah Ann Wheeler, Professor of Water Economics, Centre for Global Food and Resources, University of Adelaide, Australia
Publication Date: August 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78897 692 3 Extent: c 288 pp
Exploring water scarcity issues in light of the growing crisis in global water management, this book examines the applicability of water markets. It provides an overview and understanding of the presence of water markets across the globe, analysing the ways in which different countries and regions are grappling with water scarcity.

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Exploring water scarcity issues in light of the growing crisis in global water management, this book examines the applicability of water markets. It provides an overview and understanding of the presence of water markets across the globe, analysing the ways in which different countries and regions are grappling with water scarcity.
 
This timely book offers an insight into the benefits of water markets, and their identified market failures. A water market framework is applied to key case studies, highlighting that the majority of regions have not had sufficient water reforms to allow for the introduction of water markets without negative social consequences. The book addresses existing hydrological and institutional capacity across countries and areas where water reform is needed, and lessons are provided for future water markets, taking into account these limitations.
 
The case studies of different countries tackling water scarcity issues and reform will make this an essential read for scholars of environmental studies, water economics, sustainability management and environmental policies. It will also be an invigorating book for water policy makers interested in lessons for change, and in how to better implement reforms for water markets to help address both water scarcity and improve productivity.
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‘The most comprehensive book on water markets written by the leading experts on the topic. Its up-to-date overview of water markets development around the world and the proposed framework to assess the conditions under which successful markets can emerge make it an essential tool for water managers, academics, and policy-makers.’
– Céline Nauges, Toulouse School of Economics, France

‘If water is valuable and scarce, why is it so poorly managed? Grappling with this paradox is one of the most pressing challenges facing the world today. This collection of invaluable readings provides important insights into whether or not water markets can help. By drawing on case studies from around the world, the book explains how water markets work in many different countries, and how they must improve to be more effective in mitigating water scarcity. This is an essential reference for anyone interested in water markets as a possible mechanism for relieving the rising scarcity of our most cherished resource.’
– Edward B Barbier, Colorado State University, US
Contributors
Contributors include: K.D. Adhikari, R. Afzal, M. Ashfaq, I.A. Baig, R.H. Bark, P. Barria, M. Belbase, H. Bjornlund, L. Blessington, C. Chadwick, M. Chilundo, E.W. Christen, B. Cooper, L. Crase, A. de Bonviller, S. de Bonviller, W. de Sousa, G. Donoso, D. Garrick, G. Gilson, R.Q. Grafton, J. Haensch, Q. Huang, A. Johnson, K. Kujinga, A.J. Loch, S. Lountain, E. Manzungu, M. McCartney, M. Mdemu, C.D. Pérez-Blanco, J. Pittock, K. Reardon-Smith, L.-M. Rebelob, D. Rivera, M. Shrestha, N.E. Smith, T. Sun, J. Talbot-Jones, A. van Rooyen, J. Wang, S.A. Wheeler, Y. Xu, M. Young, A. Zuo

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