Problems, Principles and Policies
Edited by Phoebe Koundouri, Panos Pashardes, Timothy M. Swanson and Anastasios Xepapadeas
Chapter 8: The Watershed Economics Management Approach: An Application to Cyprus
8. The watershed economics management approach: An application to Cyprus* Ben Groom, Phoebe Koundouri and Timothy M. Swanson 8.1 INTRODUCTION Water scarcity occurs across many dimensions. First, there is growing demand for water in residential, industrial and agricultural sectors, stemming largely from population and economic growth. Secondly, supply-side augmentation options have become increasingly constrained, and restrictively costly in many countries. In combination, demand growth and supply-side interventions have stretched current water availability to its hydrological limits. In addition to these quantity constraints, the limits to the assimilative capacity of water resources for human and industrial waste have been reached in many places, and the quality of freshwater has been degraded (see Winpenny, 1994; Koundouri, 2000a, b; Koundouri and Groom, 2003; Pearce and Koundouri, 2003). In turn, water scarcity has become an important constraint on economic * This work was made possible by reason of a research grant from the European Commission DGXII on ‘Integrated Water Management in Cyprus: Economic and Institutional Foundations’. We are grateful to the Commission for its ﬁnancial support, and to individual members of the Commission, especially Panayiotis Balabanis and Irene Gabriel, for their individual advice and support. We would also like to thank the Scientiﬁc Advisors to the Project Team, Anastasios Xepapadeas and Paul Herrington, who contributed as much to the project as the team members. Finally, we are also in debt to Alban Thomas (Director of Research, INRA, University of Toulouse, France) and Celine Nauges (Research Fellow in the Department of Economics, University College London,...
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