WIT Press

Incentives and instruments for sustainable irrigation

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This book looks at Sustainable Irrigation in a holistic way, considering the multidisciplinary objectives of sustainable agriculture, sustainable water management, sustainable water infrastructure, sustainable irrigation communities and a sustainable environment, the need to reallocate water between competing users, and the need for water and food security in an environment of scarcity. It does this by accepting the links between these objectives, and the need to change behavior and perceptions when it comes to water and how water is used.

It does not treat sustainable irrigation as a fixed defined endpoint, but rather as a locally defined and constantly changing objective. It provides a comprehensive discussion of the importance of institutions and governance to guide this process and then provides examples from around the world showing how incentives and instruments have been introduced to support this development, how successful they have been and what the factors have promoted or impeded the successful outcomes.

Features:

# Looks at Sustainable Irrigation in a holistic way by considering interdependence of the objectives of sustainable agriculture, sustainable water management, sustainable water infrastructure, sustainable irrigation communities and a sustainable environment, the need for reallocating water between competing users, and the need for water and food security in an environment of scarcity.
# Unique in the multidisciplinary background of the contributing authors.
# Possibly the first book concentrating on the issue of Sustainable Irrigation and addressing how to achieve it by both looking at governance, institutions, economic instruments, regulatory instruments, and the adoption of more efficient technology.
# Provides both the conceptual background for the need for changes in these areas and also give examples of how such changes have taken place around the world and what early experiences have been.

Audience:

# Academia, i.e. researchers, lecturers and students
# Government departments
# Consultants working for government departments
# People involved in water planning processes
# Environmental NGOs with a real interest in achieving environmental objectives related to water and therefore a need to fully understand the complexity of achieving their objectives

ISBN:
978-1-84564-406-2

eISBN:
978-1-84564-407-9

Pages / Price:
240pp / £85.00 (10% off on website)



Contents:

Part I Concepts and Background

Sustainable irrigation: Setting the scene

Sustainable irrigation: A historical perspective

Sustainable water projects

Governance and the challenges of water and food security

A robust framework for the allocation of water in an ever-changing world

Part II Case Studies

Non-profit-maximising values and attitudes influencing irrigators’ management response to new policy instruments

Towards more sustainable irrigation

Incorporating the environment into the market

Water options contracts to facilitate intersectoral trade

Assessing alternative models for farmers’ ability to pay for irrigation water

Energy prices, biofuels, and irrigated agriculture

Toward sustainable irrigation

Application of economic instruments, tradable licences and good governance for sustainable irrigation water conservation in South Africa

Sustainability of groundwater resources in India

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