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Water Management in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions

Interdisciplinary Perspectives Edited by Phoebe Koundouri, Associate Professor in Economics, DIEES, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece, Katia Karousakis, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Paris, France, Dionysis Assimacopoulos, National Technical University of Athens, Greece, Paul Jeffrey, School of Water Sciences, Cranfield University, UK and Manfred A. Lange, Energy, Environment and Water Research Center, Cyprus Institute
The aim of this book is to formulate appropriate strategies and guidelines for water management necessary for the formulation and implementation of integrated sustainable management of water resources. Lessons are learned from various case studies, which examine competing water use patterns, compare governance structures and how these have evolved in response to scarcity, and structural and non-structural instruments to address water deficiency.
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Publication Date: 2006
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environment
  • Environmental Economics
  • Management Natural Resources
  • Water
Water deficiency in many arid and semi-arid regions in Southern Europe is becoming a major constraint for economic welfare and sustainable regional development. These regions are characterised by high spatial and temporal imbalances of water demand and supply, seasonal water uses, inadequate water resources and poor institutional water management.

The aim of this book is to formulate appropriate strategies and guidelines for water management necessary for the formulation and implementation of integrated sustainable management of water resources. Lessons are learned from various case studies, which examine competing water use patterns, compare governance structures and how these have evolved in response to scarcity, and structural and non-structural instruments to address water deficiency.

Water Management in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions will appeal to policymakers in relevant countries as well as to scholars and researchers of environmental studies and economics.
Contributors: D. Assimacopoulos, J. Bellot, M. Bertaki, A. Bonet, K. Chartzoulakis, A.A. Donta, D. Eisenhuth, M. Gearey, P. Jeffrey, K. Karousakis, P. Koundouri, M.A. Lange, M. Laukkanen, S. Loubier, R. Maia, G.O. Noguera, J. Peña, N. Ravbar, J.D. Rinaudo, J.R. Sánchez, A. Schumann, J.C. Tejada, E. Todini, A.A. Tur, T. Veljanovski
Contents:
PART I: INTRODUCTION

1. Water Management and Arid and Semi-Arid Regions: Interdisciplinary Perspectives – An Introduction
Katia Karousakis and Phoebe Koundouri

PART II: A STRATEGY-DEVELOPING APPROACH FOR REGULATING AND MANAGING WATER RESOURCES AND DEMAND IN WATER-DEFICIENT REGIONS: THE WATERSTRATEGYMAN PROJECT

2. The WaterStrategyMan Decision Support System
Ezio Todini, Andreas Schumann and Dionysis Assimacopoulos

3. Evaluation of Alternative Water Management Scenarios: Case Study of Ribeiras do Algarve – Portugal
Rodrigo Maia

PART III: A PARTICIPATORY APPROACH TO ADDRESSING CONFLICTING DEMANDS AND VARYING HYDROLOGICAL CONDITIONS FOR THE SUSTAINABLE USE OF WATER ON MEDITERRANEAN ISLANDS: THE MEDIS PROJECT

4. Climate Change and Vulnerabilities to Drought on Mediterranean Islands
Manfred A. Lange, Antonia Alkistis Donta and the MEDIS Consortium

5. Water Use in Agriculture on Mediterranean Islands: Present Situation and Future Perspectives
Kostas Chartzoulakis and Maria Bertaki

PART IV: AN ECONOMIC APPROACH TO INTEGRATED AND SUSTAINABLE WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT IN ARID AND SEMI-ARID REGIONS: A GROUP OF ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMISTS FROM THE ARID CLUSTER

6. A Typology of Economic Instruments and Methods for Efficient Water Resources Management in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions
Katia Karousakis and Phoebe Koundouri

7. Competition versus Cooperation in Groundwater Extraction: A Stochastic Framework with Heterogeneous Agents
Marita Laukkanen and Phoebe Koundouri

PART V: A CO-EVOLUTIONARY APPROACH TO ADAPTIVE, INTEGRATED WATER MANAGEMENT UNDER CHANGING UTILIZATION CONDITIONS: THE AQUADAPT PROJECT

8. Socio-Cultural Influences on Water Utilization: A Comparative Analysis
Antonio Aledo Tur, Guadalupe Ortiz Noguera, Paul Jeffrey, Mary Gearey, Jean Daniel Rinaudo, Sébastien Loubier, Tatjana Veljanovski and Natasa Ravbar

9. Some Evidence of Landscape Change, Water Usage, Management System and Governance Co-Dynamics in South-Eastern Europe
Andreu Bonet, Juan Bellot, Denise Eisenhuth, Juan Peña, Juan Rafael Sánchez and Julio César Tejada

PART VI: CONCLUSION

10. Conclusions and Policy Recommendations for the EU Water Framework Directive
Katia Karousakis, Phoebe Koundouri, Dionysis Assimacopoulos, Paul Jeffrey and Manfred A. Lange

Index