World Water Congress 2017 – Join Water Agora there!

Cancun ICC
People from Water Agora will be taking part in two sessions in the incoming World Water Congress 2017 to be held in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico: -SS8: "Charges vs. buyback: who pays for water ecosystems restoration?" -SS 44: "Sustainable watersheds: emerging economic instruments for water security"   You can find the programme here. You are all warmly invited to join us there!

Efficiency-oriented water management. From panaceas to actual solutions

The workshop will be held at CMCC premises in San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice (Italy), 12-13 October 2017. Coupled with human-induced climate change, increasing population and changing distributions of wealth and consumption boost competition for water and constrains supply for agriculture –the largest user and that concentrating the marginal uses of the resource (IPCC, 2014). In this scenario providing safe, secure and profitable food production while restoring/ensuring the good ecological stat...

Adaptation Responses to Increasing Drought Frequency

Using state contingent analysis we discuss how and why irrigators adapt to alternative water supply signals. Focusing on the timing of water allocations, we explore inherent differences in the demand for water by two key irrigation sectors: annual and perennial producers. The analysis explores the reliability of alternative water property right bundles and how reduced allocations across time influence alternative responses by producers. Our findings are then extended to explore how management st...

The Transferability of Economic Instruments to Mitigate Drought or Other Water Scarcity Impacts

Economic instruments are varied, and their uptake differs depending on the legal, social, economic and environmental context under consideration. In some contexts pricing and public subsidization form a basis for mitigating impacts, while in others private risk-mitigation arrangements such as insurance and water trade are used. Often all of these are present as a broad-spectrum approach to the issues involved. In this discussion, examples of these instruments will be provided together with...

Water Economics Down Under

From 22 January to 28 January 2016 the project leader made a short visiting period in Brisbane funded by the Search and Visitors Committee of the University of Queensland (UQ). During this time he worked with Dr. David Adamson (UQ) on water markets and buyback programmes. Following the visiting period the paper Incremental water charging in agriculture. A case study in the Regione Emilia Romagna in Italy and the working paper Water buyback in Agriculture: what can we expect? were presented in...

From Finland to Singapore, water charging all along

The working paper “Incremental water charging in agriculture - a case study in the Regione Emilia Romagna (Italy)” was presented in the Society for Risk Analysis World Congress (19/07/2015 -23/07/2015) held in Singapore and in the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) 21st Annual Conference (24/06/2015 - 27/06/2015) held in Helsinki (Finland). The paper is a proof of concept that integrates the revealed preference model used in WATER INCENT with a general equi...

Grey swans in the lagoon: Dr. David Adamson’s (UQ) talk on Modeling Awareness & Decision Making in water management

Dr. David Adamson (University of Queensland, Australia) visited FEEM premises in Venice (28-30 January 2015). On Thursday 29 October at 12.00 he presented his work on "Modeling Awareness & Decision Making: The Case of Climate Change and Water Resources". The talk is available below:       Abstract: We can classify future problems and their contingencies into 3 level of increasing unawareness: White Swans, Grey Swans and Black Swans (Taleb 2007). White Swans are...

COST-ADAPT Webinar – Climate change and agriculture

  Some preliminary results of WATER INCENT were presented in this COST-ADAPT webinar hold the 28/09/2015. The webinar consisted of two presentations. The first one was delivered by Dr. Maria de Salvo (Università di Verona, Italy) and focused on climate change impacts on specific crops. The second one presented the research conducted in the context of WATER INCENT and focused on the role that incremental charges and income insurance may have in climate change adaptation in the Regione...