The Management of Water Quality and Irrigation Technologies
Edited by Jose Albiac, Ariel Dinar
Routledge – 2008 – 280 pages
This book is an outcome from the International Expo 'Water and Sustainable Development' held in Zaragoza (Spain) in 2008. Support from the Spanish Ministry of Environment, Caja Rioja, Government of Aragon, and the World Bank is acknowledged. 'Few resources will play a more important role in shaping our economic future, or face more daunting challenges, than water. This internationally acclaimed team of experts has produced a first-rate volume that is full of intriguing, practical ideas for meeting those challenges in a rich variety of institutional settings.' Tom Tietenberg, Mitchell Family Professor of Economics, Emeritus, Colby College, USA 'This volume brings together two critical but interrelated dimensions of water challenge, i.e. water pollution, particularly from non-point sources, and water conservation. The editors are well known experts on the subject as are the contributors.' R. Maria Saleth, International Water Management Institute, Sri Lanka and Associate Editor, Water Policy 'The profound contribution of this volume is that it brings together various economic concepts and policy dilemmas regarding water shortages, non-point source pollution, efficiency of water use and irrigation technology. Recommended reading for anyone working in the area of water management.' Henk Folmer, University of Groningen and Wageningen University, The Netherlands As countries face deteriorating water and environmental quality as well as water shortages, pollution control and the efficiency of water use become of paramount importance. Agriculture is one of the main non-point polluters of water bodies and irrigation for agriculture is one of the main consumers of water. While it is very hard to regulate pollution from agriculture, attempts have been made via economic and command and control instruments, and also through investments in technologies and ecosystems recovery. Coping with non-point pollution takes the form of both policy intervention and technology development. Likewise it is recognized that irrigation efficiency varies across countries, influenced by both technology and supporting adoption policies. Countries that lead in irrigation technology and supporting policies have certain traits in common. They face very high scarcity and are pushed to find innovative solutions, both technical and policy related. The recent multibillion investments in irrigation technologies in Spain, and similar proposals in Australia, for example, highlight the potential of irrigation technologies to cope with scarcity and water quality degradation. This book reviews all of the above issues, presents experiences in selected countries, and assesses the degree of success of alternative policies for coping with non-point water pollution and improving irrigation efficiency.
Introduction * Part I: Non-point Source Pollution Regulation Approaches * Problems in Assessing Non-point Source Pollution in China: Links to Policy and Regulation * The Use by Decision Makers of Integrated Modelling, Research, and Monitoring to Control Pollution in the Chesapeake * Nonpoint Pollution Regulation Approaches in Spain * Nonpoint Pollution Regulation Approaches in the US * Non-point Pollution Control: Experience and Observations from Australia * Policies to Cope with Water Resources Scarcity and Quality Degradation in China * Part II: Irrigation Technology to Achieve Water Conservation * Irrigation Technology and Water Conservation in Jordan * Crop Water Use Information, Irrigation System Performance, and On-demand Water Delivery Systems: Three Essential Elements of On-farm Irrigation Efficiency and Conservation * Pricing Savings, Valuing Losses and Measuring Costs * Institutional Factors and Technology Adoption in Spanish Irrigated Agriculture: Effects on Water Consumption * The Effects of Water Markets, Water Institutions and Prices on the Adoption of Irrigation Technology * Index
Jose Albiac is a Senior Researcher at the Agrifood Research and Technology Centre (CITA - Government of Aragon), Zaragoza, Spain. Ariel Dinar is Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy, and Director Water Science and Policy Center, University of California, Riverside, USA. He was formerly Lead Economist and Co-ordinator of Climate Change Research in the Development Research Group at the World Bank in Washington DC, USA. He is the author or editor of many books on water economics and natural resource issues, including Climate Change and Agriculture in Africa (Earthscan, 2008).