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OUTCOME about the european CONFERENCE : ECONOMIC INSTRUMENTS TO SUPPORT WATER POLICY IN EUROPE
9th - 10th dECEMBER 2009 - paris






       While the first River Basin Management Plans and the programms of measures required by the European Union (EU) Water Framework Directive (WFD) are being finalised, interest in economic instruments for water management is again on the rise throughout Europe. This in part can be explained by the need for new sources of financing.

In addition, some countries are paying attention to innovative economic instruments as they search for more cost-effective water management options. To respond to such emerging challenges, ONEMA has organised an European workshop entitled “Economic instruments to support water policy in Europe : Paving the way for research and future development”.

The workshop has provided an opportunity for economists, practitioners, policy makers and researchers to dialogue on the potential for (new) economic instruments in the field of water and on issues related to their design and implementation (e.g. effectiveness and efficiency factors, expected social and economic impact, institutional requirements, etc.).

      Synthesis of the seminar

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       Session I –Launching the workshop

    Patrick Lavarde, managing director of the host organization ONEMA, (speech in french)
    Andrea Tilche, Head of Unit at DG Research (European Commission).
    Anita Payne, economist at DG Environment (European Commission).
    Bruce Aylward, Director Ecosystems Economics (United-States).

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           Session II – Which policy demand on economic instruments?

    Josefina Maestu,
    coordinator of the United Nations Office (Spain).
    Dominique Bureau, member of the Conseil Economique du Développement Durable (France).
    Markku Ollikainen from the University of Helsinki (Finland).
    Marian Garcia-Valinas, economist at the LERNA Laboratory of INRA (France).

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           Session III – Working Group 1 – Financing water management

    Roberto Martin-Hurtado, economist at the OECD (France)
    Stefan Van Keitz, water expert from the Ministry of Environment from the Land Hesse (Germany) and formerly Resident Advisor of the Croatian/German Twinning.
    Stefan Speck, economist at the Kommunalkredit Public Consulting GmbH (Austria).
    Pierre Strosser, directeur ACTeon. Synthesis of discussions and recommendations

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            SessiontIII- Working Group 2 – Innovative instruments for financing water management

    Rob van der Veeren, water economist at the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management (the Netherlands).
    Sophie Trémolet head of Trémolet Consulting (United-Kingdom).
    Silje Holen, economist at the research centre NIVA (Norway).
    Prof. Robert Holländer de l’Université de Leipzig (Allemagne). Synthesis of discussions and recommendations

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           Session III - Working Group 3 – Water pricing: incentives and changes in behaviour

    Xavier Leflaive from the OECD (France).
    Julio Berbel, economist at the University of Cordoba. 
    Jochem Jantzen, economist at TME (The Netherlands.
    Jean-Daniel Rinaudo, head of the economic team at BRGM (France) and Marielle Montginoul, water economist at Cemagref.
    Sarah Feuillette, head of the prospective and evaluation team at the Seine-Normandie water agency. Synthesis of discussions and recommendations
    Jacques Weber, researcher at CIRAD, agreed to close the first day of the workshop with an opening: the links between economic instruments for water policy and the management of common property resources, based on the fundamental research made by Elinor Ostrom, the 2009 Prize Nobel for Economy.

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           Session IV - Working Group 4 – Financial compensation for damage/ecological goods and services

    James Blignaut from the University of Pretoria (South-Africa).
    Brice Quenouille from CDC Biodiversité (France)..
    Wayne White from W2Consulting (United States).
    Ece Ozdemiroglu from eftec (United-Kingdom).
    James Aronson restoration ecologist from CNRS (France). Synthesis of discussions and recommendations

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            Session IV - Working Group 5 – Optimum allocation: tradable pollution permits


    Mark Kieser
    from Kieser & Associates (United-States).
    Linda Karlsson from the Swedish Environment Protection Agency.
    Dennis Collentine from the University of Gävle (Sweden).  
    Mélanie Tauber from the Regional Environment Directorate of the Aquitaine Region.
    Jaroslav Mysiak, economist from the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (Italy). Synthesis of discussions and recommendations.

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           Session IV - Working Group 6 – Optimum allocation: tradable permits for the quantitative management of water resources

    Jose Albiac, head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at CITA (Spain).
    Julio Berbel, economist at the University of Cordoba (Spain).
    Tom Rooney from the National Water Brokers (Australia).
    Richard Howitt, professor at the University of California, Davis (United States).
    Josefina Maestu, coordinator of the United Nations Office (Spain). Synthesis of discussions and recommendations

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           Session V - When economists meet sociologists, natural scientists and lawyers

    Colin Green, économiste au Flood Hazard Research Center (Royaume-Uni);
    James Aronson, restoration ecologist from CNRS (France) ;
    Laurent Neyret, juriste de l’environnement de l’Université de Versailles (France) .
    Sarah Hernandez, économiste de l’environnement à l’ONEMA (France). Intervention sur la synthèse des priorités de recherche.
    Patrick Flammarion, directeur délégué à la recherche à l’ONEMA (France), assurera la clôture formelle de l’atelier.

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