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Economic analysis for management of water and aquatic environments

For almost 15 years, economic assessment has played an increasingly important role in water management. Environmental economic assessment, which is more social-economic than financial in nature, consists of analysing all the activities of economic agents (individuals, the State, companies, non-profit organisations, etc.) and their effects on society and the environment in order to determine the quantitative and qualitative consequences, both positive and negative. The use of economic assessments for water management was significantly boosted by the launch of the WFD in December 2000 and by the progressive development of SBMPs. Five aspects are presented here to provide information on the use of economic assessments for water management in order to clarify and better understand the issues involved : characterisation of water uses, Assessment of costs, Assessment of environmental impacts, Cost recovery, Disproportionate costs.

The book Economic analysis for management of water and aquatic environments 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. This document briefly outlines the contents of the book.

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  Front cover
  Foreword
  Contents
  Preliminary remarks
  Abstract
  Annexe
  Glossaire
  Flyer

Characterisation of water uses

 

What is meant by “water uses”?
Which water uses must be characterised and how should that be done?
Detailed characterisation of water uses
Linking economic use with the natural environment
Drafting a summary document to facilitate communication
Foreseeing changes in uses to develop prospective scenarios

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Assessment of costs

 

Which costs must be assessed?
Assessing the costs of a project or measure
Managing uncertainty in WFD economic assessments and presenting uncertainty to political decision-makers
Special cost-calculation techniques - cost-effectiveness, cost-benefit and cost-recovery analyses

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Assessment of environmental impacts of a project or measure

 

Assessment of the environmental impacts of a project or measure
Methods to assess the impact of a project or measure
Operational implementation of the assessment on the environmental benefits and damages incurred by a project or measure
When should the environmental impacts of a project or measure be assessed?
Conclusion

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Cost recovery or the water economic cycle

 

Scope of cost-recovery analysis
Calculating cost recovery

 

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Disproportionate costs - a special type of assessment

 

Introduction
In France, national guidelines with local adaptations
In the U.K., a top-down approach
Conclusion

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