The EU FP7 GENESIS project on groundwater systems. Contributions to the analysis of economic, legal and institutional issues of groundwater management with selected case studies

Manuel Pulido-Velazquez, Andrew Allan, Johannes Sauer, Phoebe Koundouri, Bjorn Klove

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Abstract

The EU Water Framework Directive clearly integrates economics into water management and policy making, and economics is to have a decisive role in the development of the programme of measures and the new river basin management plans. This paper provides a brief overview of the contribution of the EU GENESIS project with the application of different economic or hydro-economic methods and approaches for analyzing and/or selecting sustainable cost-efficient measures and management strategies to achieve a good quantitative and chemical groundwater status in six selected case studies across Europe that differ in their physical settings, drivers, pressures, impacts, and management and policy issues. Three main economic approaches have been employed: hydro-economic modelling combining simulation and optimization techniques, non-market valuation
(choice experiment) and econometric analysis to derive relevant policy insight from specific surveys in the area. The Bayesian network technique was also tested to assess the impacts of several polices for integrated multiobjective groundwater management. Given that any feasible policy has to be designed considering the conditions of the legal and institutional framework, a in-depth analysis of the legal and institutional conditions was conducted for three cases. Finally, multicriteria studies (MAVT technique) were also applied to three selected cases in order to assess stakeholder preferences and identify potential conflicts as well as common grounds.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Water Economics, Statistics and Finance, Marbella, 24-26 April 2013
PublisherIWA Publishing
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2013
Event3rd International Conference on Water Economics, Statistics and Finance - Marbella, Spain
Duration: 24 Apr 201326 Apr 2013

Conference

Conference3rd International Conference on Water Economics, Statistics and Finance
CountrySpain
CityMarbella
Period24/04/1326/04/13

Keywords

  • groundwater management
  • Water Framework Directive
  • hydro-economic modelling
  • choice experiment
  • multicriteria analysis

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