International Approaches to Policy and Decision-making
Edited by Jayne M. Godfrey and Keryn Chalmers
Keryn Chalmers and Jayne M Godfrey One of the most pressing global issues of the twenty-first century is the scarcity of water of a quality appropriate to ensure economic, environmental and social sustainability. In addressing the issue through policy and management, key stakeholders recognize the critical importance of high-quality information. They also recognize the need for this information to be reported systematically to ensure that it is relevant, reliable, comparable over time and across entities, and understandable. But water scarcity has many implications, and it is possible that different reporting approaches, generally called water accounting systems, can be appropriate to addressing them. In this book, international experts respond to the question: what role can water accounting play in resolving individual, organizational, industry, national and international economic, social and environmental issues? The book is born of a curiosity as to why different forms of water accounting have emerged, how they are utilized and what problems they can resolve. Our purpose in producing the book is to analyse some of the myriad issues that water accounting can help address, as perceived by authors from diverse disciplines and geographical regions. As a discipline, water accounting and most of the various systems comprising it are in their infancy. But they are maturing fast. Given the early stage of the discipline’s development, theoretical and practical questions need resolution to ensure that any individual system is rigorous enough and robust enough to endure in a form that is effective and efficient. This book explores the roles...