Economic analysis for managment of water and aquatic environments
Whether the goal is to characterise in social-economic terms how water is used in a given area or to assess the costs and environmental impacts of a programme of measures or a project, economic analysis is now an integral part of the preparatory and formulation processes of public policy. Whatever the size of the project, cost-recovery analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis and cost-benefit analysis are all assessment techniques that water specialists must use to comply with regulations and implement water-management policy in their area.
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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
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
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?
Cost recovery or the water economic cycle
- Scope of cost-recovery analysis
- Calculating cost recovery
Disproportionate costs - a special type of assessment
- In France, national guidelines with local adaptations
- In the U.K., a top-down approach
Les évaluations économiques en appui à la gestion de l’eau et des milieux aquatiques | Knowledge for action | October 2013
Cet ouvrage rassemble des éléments de définition, de connaissance et de réflexion sur les analyses économiques menées en appui à la gestion de l’eau et des milieux aquatiques. Il a pour ambition d’aider à leur mise en oeuvre opérationnelle.