Onema

The French National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environnements

NewsLetter #22

Quarterly - Winter 2015

Special issue on Water economics

EDITORIAL

Fifteen years ago, the Water framework directive (WFD) instituted economics as an instrument in implementing water policy. The directive encouraged the Member States to use economic analysis in setting up the most effective preservation projects that make the best use of public funds and take into account economic issues, the goal being a sustainable development policy...
Paul Michelet,
General director of Onema
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What are the economics of reusing treated wastewater?

Are projects to reuse treated wastewater economically profitable for society? To answer that question, Irstea and the Ecofilae consulting firm studied the economics of three projects in France. The study was financed by Onema. Read more
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Making the benefits of groundwater preservation more visible

It is often difficult to justify work to preserve groundwater given the “invisibility” of the expected benefits. An economic assessment of benefits using the avoided-costs method can assist water managers in explaining and clarifying those benefits.
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Why put a price on the services rendered by wetlands?

The recent debates on controversial development projects (airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes, Sivens dam, Chambaran forest, etc.) have placed a spotlight on the issues involved in preserving wetlands. On a regular basis, people speak up to remind us that flood damage is made worse by the disappearance of wetlands. Unfortunately, the discussions often focus solely on the opposition between economic development and environmental protection. Economic assessments of the services rendered by wetlands could play an important role in the public debates...
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Using economic assessments to prioritise the programme of measures for Martinique

A total of 86 measures make up the 2016-2021 programme for the Martinique RBMP that sets the objectives for water policy. The overall budget for the measures is 507 million euros. At a time of limited public budgets and when purchasing power remains a prime concern, which measures should have priority for funding? That was the topic of the study titled “Economic assessment and cost-effectiveness analysis” conducted for the Martinique water office.
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PUBLICATIONS

Economic analysis for management of water and aquatic environments

Knowledge for action series
Economic analysis is now an integral part of the processes to prepare public policy. Whatever the size of the project, cost-recovery analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis and cost-benefit analysis are all assessment techniques that water stakeholders must use to comply with regulations and implement water-management policy in their area. This book presents definitions, information and a discussion on the economic-analysis techniques used to manage water and aquatic environments. The goal is to assist in the operational implementation of economic analysis.
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Key data on water prices


More information on the website of the national observatory on public water and sanitation services in France


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INTERVIEW

Special "Issue on Water economics"

4 questions for Martin Gutton, General director of the Loire-Bretagne water agency.

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IN BRIEF

What is the cost of the water information system?
Obtaining up-to-date information on the cost of the Water information system (WIS-FR) is a constant concern for both the National water committee and the Court of Auditors, that both wish to monitor WIS-FR costs and projects.
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Water prices
As of 1 January 2013, prices amounted to 2.00 euros per cubic metre for drinking water and 1.85 euros per cubic metre for collective sanitation services, i.e. an average total price of 3.85 euros per cubic metre according to the report published in 2015 by the National observatory on public water and sanitation services.
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Groundwater as an insurance policy and how to preserve it
French stakeholders involved in preserving groundwater as a source of drinking water held a meeting last 11 December near Paris.
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What does a fish pass cost?
In compliance with the new river-ranking system, between 8 000 and 12 000 structures on rivers (dams, weirs, locks, mills, etc.) must be equipped in the coming years with systems to assist fish in overcoming the obstacles.
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What funding exists for water policy and biodiversity?
What budgets are devoted to water policy and to the preservation of biodiversity? Where does the money come from?
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VIDEOS

Three new animation movies on the water information system

 

 

 

To see the films

Méli Mélo : The taste of water

 

 

 

 

It may be seen at https://www.youtube

Méli Mélo, a funny web series on water
Scientists, comedians from the successful Kaamelott series and water professionals have joined forces to combat clichés and promote good practices for the sustainable management of water.
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