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Managing Growing Pressures on Quantity and Quality
Groundwater allocation determines who is able to use groundwater resources, how, when
and where. It directly affects the value (economic, ecological, socio-cultural) that
individuals and society obtain from groundwater, today and in the future. Building
on the 2015 OECD publication Water Resources Allocation: Sharing Risks and Opportunities,
this report focuses on groundwater and how its allocation can be improved in terms
of economic efficiency, environmental effectiveness and social equity. Drawing on
an analysis of groundwater’s distinctive features and nine case studies of groundwater
allocation in a range of countries, the report provides practical policy guidance
for groundwater allocation in the form of a "health check". This health check can
be used to assess the performance of current arrangements and manage the transition
towards improved allocation.
latest GREEN TALKS LIVE ON GROUNDWATER ALLOCATION: MANAGING GROWING PRESSURES ON QUANTITY AND QUALITY
Groundwater withdrawals have risen sharply in the past 50 years and the resource is becoming increasingly degraded due to pollution and saline intrusion.
On 30 November 2017, Kathleen Dominique of the OECD Environment Directorate discussed the challenges of groundwater allocation and the key questions governments need to answer to establish robust allocation arrangements: how can policies slow depletion, contribute to aquifer recovery and prevent pollution? and how can allocation arrangements be designed to maximise the benefits – economic, environmental and social – derived from groundwater today and in the future?