International Approaches to Policy and Decision-making
Edited by Jayne M. Godfrey and Keryn Chalmers
Keryn Chalmers and Jayne M Godfrey INTRODUCTION This book demonstrates that international and national recognition of water scarcity and quality issues has led to action. Some of this action involves policy, some involves practice and some involves the development of information systems to inform policy and practice. Included in these information systems are water accounting systems that are being applied to varying degrees in different geographic locations. Each water accounting system discussed in this book aims to inform decision-making. However, the decision-makers and the decisions differ across systems. Are these systems conceptually sound? What are their objectives? To what extent are they complementary, and to what extent do they compete or overlap? Has their development ‘piggy-backed’ on the development of another system or occurred independently? Are they practical? Do they serve their intended purpose(s)? Should there be one water accounting system only, or can systems co-exist? These questions are all addressed throughout the preceding chapters, and we provide a brief overview of some of the key findings in this chapter. We do not propose to thoroughly analyse the systems in this concluding chapter. It is far too early in the life-cycle of the various water accounting systems to undertake something so complete. Rather, we provide some preliminary thoughts in relation to each of the questions and trust that future research will address the answers more comprehensively. To conclude this chapter and the book, we conjecture what the future holds for global acceptance of one or more water accounting systems,...
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