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Acquiring Water for Environmental Use in Australia: An Analysis of Policy Options


Tisdell, JG, Acquiring Water for Environmental Use in Australia: An Analysis of Policy Options, Water Resources Management, 24, (8) pp. 1515-1530. ISSN 0920-4741 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1007/s11269-009-9511-5


In arid counties, such as Australia, the storage and extractive use of water is causing significant environmental damage and traditional economic objectives of efficiency and maximising financial returns from surface water resources are often at conflict the long-term sustainability of riverine ecosystems. Policy options for acquiring water to improve environmental flow regimes include (a) reducing announced allocations, (b) recouping a proportion of traded water, and (c) have the government enter the market and purchase water. This article makes a contribution to environmental water policy by quantitatively evaluating and comparing these policy options for restoring environmental flow regimes. A case study of the Murrumbidgee Catchment located in New South Wales, Australia is used to highlight the conflicts and tradeoffs between water management objectives in fully allocated arid river basins. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Agricultural economics
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Microeconomics
Objective Field:Market-based mechanisms
UTAS Author:Tisdell, JG (Professor John Tisdell)
ID Code:68195
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:25
Deposited By:Economics and Finance
Deposited On:2011-03-10
Last Modified:2014-10-06

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