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Environnement

Water Resources Allocation

Sharing Risks and Opportunities

In series:OECD Studies on Waterview more titles

Published on April 13, 2015

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Water resources allocation determines who is able to use water resources, how, when and where. It directly affects the value (economic, ecological, socio-cultural) that individuals and society obtain from water resources. This report overviews how allocation works in a range of countries and how the performance of allocation arrangements can be improved to adjust to changing conditions.

Capturing information from 27 OECD countries and key partner economies, the report presents key findings from the OECD Survey of Water Resources Allocation and case studies of successful allocation reform. It provides practical policy guidance for water allocation in the form of a "health check", which can be used to assess the performance of current arrangements and manage the transition to improved regimes.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword
Preface
Executive summary
Re-allocating water in a water scarce world
A framework for water allocation
The current water allocation landscape
Reforming water allocation regimes
A Health Check for Water Resources Allocation
Glossary
Questionnaire for the OECD project on water resources allocation
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 COUNTRY PROFILES

List of country profiles for all of the 37 allocation regimes in 27 OECD and key partner countries surveyed for this report:

Australia Australia China China ‌‌Estonia Estonia Korea, Republic_small Korea Peru Peru Switzerland Switzerland
Austria Austria Colombia Colombia France France Luxembourg Luxembourg Portugal Portugal United-Kingdom United Kingdom
Brazil Brazil Costa-Rica Costa Rica Hungary Hungary Mexico Mexico Slovenia Slovenia    
Canada Canada Czech-Republic Czech Republic Israel Israel Netherlands The Netherlands South-Africa South Africa    
Chile Chile Denmark Denmark Japan_small

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New-Zealand New Zealand Spain Spain    


"Growing pressures are making existing inefficiencies in water allocation regimes increasingly costly: 19th century allocation arrangements are poorly equipped to serve a 21st century society and economy. Although reforming water allocation may appear daunting, an improved regime can greatly increase the value that individuals and society obtain from water resources today and in the future." Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General.

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