Better management of water is crucial for efforts to
adapt to climate change, maintain food security, and achieve environmental
Water: Security, Economics and Governanceis about water scarcity, the economics of
water resources, and the governance of water from an international perspective.
It highlights intractable, unresolved issues, and discusses ways in which
information and different conceptual approaches can be used to effectively
resolve these challenges.
It includes select Australian
and international case studies that illustrate innovative measures and the gaps
between theory and practice in water management. It also includes a number of
reprinted seminal articles on water and water economics.
Compiled by a highly-respected inter-disciplinary team
of editors, readers will gain an overview of the wide range of controversies
that make up the international debate about water reform, while also gaining an
understanding of potential solutions.
The bookis divided into three sections:
1.Water security – focusing on the extent and nature of global water
2.Water economics – examining market failures that contribute to
water insecurity and possible economic approaches to address these problems;
3.Water governance – reviewing governance failures and alternative solutions
to water insecurity.
Each section has an introductory chapter that
provides a framework for understanding the water challenges and their possible
solutions. The remaining chapters are a series of contributions from leading
experts, including some of the most authoritative and up-to-date articles
published in the academic literature as well as commissioned contributions from
leading scholars and practitioners.
Together, Water: Security, Economics and
Governance offers a framework for understanding
water insecurity and the means to begin to resolve one of humanity’s greatest
challenges: how to use our scarce water resources sustainably while meeting the
needs of both people and the environment.
Grafton, R Quentin; Pittock, Jamie; Tait, Maree; White, Chris
Security, Economics and Governance
About the book
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 – Introduction; Part I – Water Security: Chapter 2 – Introduction to water security, economics and governance, Chapter 3 – Global water physical status, Chapter 4 – Global threats to human water security and river biodiversity, Chapter 5 – The devil is in the detail, Chapter 6 – River basin closure, Chapter 7 – Water management responses to climate change, Chapter 8 – Climate change and freshwater ecosystems, Chapter 9 – Global water management challenges; Part II – Water Economics: Chapter 10 – Summary: Water economics review, Chapter 11 – Water markets: An Integrated Assessment of Water Markets, Chapter 12 – Effectiveness/economic efficiency of water use in agriculture, Chapter 13 – Optimal dynamic water allocation, Chapter 14 – Pricing irrigation water: a review of theory and practice, Chapter 15 – Efficient urban water pricing, Chapter 16 – Price & non-price approaches to urban water conservation, Chapter 17 – Willingness to pay, borrow, and work for rural water service, Chapter 18 – Flexible water sharing within an international river basin; Part III – Water Governance: Chapter 19 – Summary: Water governance, Chapter 20 – Regulatory frameworks: Water governance policy, Chapter 21 – Water governance across borders: International water law, Chapter 22 – Sharing benefits across borders: Beyond the river, Chapter 23 – UN Watercourses Convention and other treaties, Chapter 24 – Integrated water resources management, Chapter 25 – Multi-stakeholder catchment management, Chapter 26 – Urban metabolism, Chapter 27 – Gender and water, Chapter 28 – Water reform: The Murray-Darling Basin case study, Chapter 29 – Compartmentalising culture
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About the authors
R. Quentin Grafton has a PhD in Economics from the University of British Columbia and holds a Chair and a professorship in economics at the Australian National University. Professor Grafton holds the UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transbounary Water Governance. He is Director of the Centre of Water Economics, Environment and Policy at the Crawford School at the Australian National University (ANU) and is an ANU Public Policy Fellow.
Jamie Pittock is a senior lecture in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at The Australian National University. He has been Director of International Programs for the UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance, and also Program Leader of the Australian and United States Climate, Energy and Water Nexus Project for the US Studies Centre and ANU from 2010. Previously, Dr Pittock was director of the WWF’s Global Freshwater Programme from 2001-2007.