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Towards a Set of Guidelines for the Development of Robust Water-sharing Systems

Version 1 : Received: 5 November 2019 / Approved: 6 November 2019 / Online: 6 November 2019 (10:43:15 CET)

How to cite: Young, M. Towards a Set of Guidelines for the Development of Robust Water-sharing Systems. Preprints 2019, 2019110058 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201911.0058.v1). Young, M. Towards a Set of Guidelines for the Development of Robust Water-sharing Systems. Preprints 2019, 2019110058 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201911.0058.v1).

Abstract

A framework for the review of existing water management systems and their transformation into robust water sharing systems is offered. The framework focuses on the need to develop efficient and equitable ways to manage water scarcity and plan to deal with the tensions scarcity imposes on any community. The framework identifies a way to bring together traditional community-managed systems with those typically used to allocate water to large water users and more commonly found in developed countries. So that use can be kept within sustainable limits while optimizing use, the framework includes mechanisms that enable the reallocation of water as demand and supply conditions change. Non-consumptive uses are recognized and environmental objectives can be delivered efficiently. Compliance with well-established accounting and hydro-logical concepts. Ways to increase the value of existing entitlements, encourage innovation and protect investments are included as options. It is recognized that the governance and legal arrangements necessary to underpin successful implantation are context specific.

Subject Areas

water rights; robustness; water governance; water scarcity; water allocation; water accounting; water trading; water sharing

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