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1st Edition

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

ISBN 9780415501262
Published April 3, 2013 by Routledge
296 Pages 70 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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


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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.