1st Edition

Investing in Water for a Green Economy Services, Infrastructure, Policies and Management

Edited By Mike Young, Christine Esau Copyright 2013
    296 Pages 70 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    318 Pages 70 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In the context of the economies of the world becoming greener, this book provides a global and interdisciplinary overview of the condition of the world’s water resources and the infrastructure used to manage it. It focuses on current social and economic costs of water provision, needs and opportunities for investment and for improving its management. It describes the large array of water policy challenges facing the world, including the Millennium Development Goals for clean water and sanitation, and shows how these might be met.  There is a mixture of global overviews, reviews of specific issues and an array of case studies. It is shown how accelerated investment in water-dependent ecosystems, in water infrastructure and in water management can be expected to expedite the transition to a green economy. The book provides a key source of information for people interested in understanding emerging water issues and approaches that are consistent with a world that takes greater responsibility for the environment.

    List of Contributors

    List of Illustrations

    Preface and Acknowledgements

    Part 1: Overview

    1. Investing in water services infrastructure policies and management

    Michael D. Young

    Part 2: The Macro-Economic Case for Investment in Water

    2. Charting our Water Future: Economic Frameworks to Inform Decision-Making

    2030 Water Resources Group

    3. Making Water a Part of Economic Development: The Economic Benefits of Improved Water Management and Services

    Håkan Tropp

    4. The Impacts of Climate Change and trade Liberalization on Global Agriculture

    Alvaro Calzadilla, Katrin Rehdanz and Richard S.J. Tol

    5. Benefits and Costs of Investing in Ecosystem Services for Clean Water Supply and Flood protection

    Sharon Khan

    Part 3: Policy Guidelines for Investment in Water

    6. A Primer on Water Economics

    Paulina Beato and Antonio Vives

    7. A Primer on Water Financing

    Antonio Vives and Paulina Beato

    8. The Effectiveness of Alternative Water Governance Arrangements

    Claude Ménard and Rathinasamy Maria Saleth

    Part 4: Regional Experience

    9. Challenging Hydrological Panaceas: Evidence from the Niger River Basin

    John Ward, David Kaczan, Andrw Olgivie and Anna Lukasiewicz

    10. Palyja "Water for All" Programs in Western Jakarta

    Vincent Fournier, Philippe Folliasson, Luc Martin, Arfiansyah and Irma Damayanti

    11. Opportunities and Constraints to Development of Water Resources Infrastructure Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Barbara Schreiner, Guy Pegram, Constantin von der Heyden and Fulton Eaglin

    12. Free Basic Water – A Sustainable Instrument for a Sustainable Future in South Africa

    Mike Muller



    Mike Young is Executive Director of the Environment Institute and Professor of Water Economics and Management, University of Adelaide, Australia.

    Christine Esau is a consultant and editor based in Adelaide, Australia.