Topical Collection "Water Policy Collection"
A topical collection in Water (ISSN 2073-4441).
Prof. Dr. Davide Viaggi
University of Bologna, Department of Agricultural Sciences, Viale Fanin, 50, 40127 Bologna, Italy
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Interests: agricultural policy evaluation; water policy; environmental impact assessment and resource economics; evaluation of technical change and innovation in agriculture and food; farm investment behaviour; land markets; public goods in agriculture and forestry
Dr. Meri Raggi
University of Bologna, Department of Statistical Sciences, Via Belle Arti, 41, 40126 Bologna, Italy
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Interests: sample theory; primary data collection; environmental impact assessment in particular referred to water resources; discrete choice model; monetary valuation of public goods (contingent valuation; choice experiments) principal-agent models, multivariate statistical methodologies
Water management is a key element for social and economic development. All over the world there is a growing need to build a capacity of integrated water management, to face human needs (drinking water, agriculture and food production), climate change, scarcity and drought, and to manage related local, national, and trans-boundary conflicts. Water policies can be intended as the mechanisms arranged to achieve these goals, mainly by public bodies in charge of water management. Over the past few decades, water policies have undergone significant changes, notably due to the development of political, social, and environmental issues, including globalization, trade liberalization, institutional and legal requirements, changing standards of living, management practices, and technological innovation. This evolution, not only requires a change in perspective, but also points to the need to study institutional innovations and economic evaluation instruments, able to better assess policy performance and provide evidence for improved design.
This special topic aims to encourage dialogue between researchers, policy makers and practitioners on the issue of improvement of water policy and related management practices, through an interdisciplinary perspective, including economics, political science and social sciences. In this context, high quality papers are sought illustrating original research about the following issues:
- Case studies, experiences, and open issues with recent country/regional policy approaches (e.g. water framework directive in EU countries).
- Innovative policy instruments and mechanisms (water markets, auctions, pricing mechanisms).
- Innovative collective solutions for water management (e.g., collective reservoirs) and link to policy.
- Linkage between consumer behavior and preferences, water use and management strategies, including the role of policy.
- Connection with other scarce resource management (e.g., energy, nutrients) and related policies.
- Water and the bioeconomy development.
- Economics of water related innovation, in particular water treatment, re-use and information technology, and related role of policy.
- Ex post and ex ante policy evaluation approaches, methods and tools, and their application to cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis of water policy measures.
- Coordination between water policy and specific sector policies (e.g., agriculture, energy).
- Water policy and viability of economic sectors in the context of drought and climate change.
- Water policy and wider economic and social issues (global economic networks, health, food security).
- Water policy and competitiveness.
- Economic analysis of experiences and open issues with innovative management of water for crop production.
- Water policy and institutional settings.
Papers focusing on cutting edge innovation in policy mechanisms and implementation strategies are especially encouraged.
Prof. Dr. Giacomo Zanni
Prof. Dr. Davide Viaggi
Dr. Meri Raggi
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- water policy design
- policy instruments
- policy evaluation
- water framework directive
- economic efficiency and productivity
- water markets
- climate change
- Water Policy in Water (7 articles - displayed below)
- Water Policy, Productivity and Economic Efficiency in Water (10 articles - displayed below)
Title: Urban Water Investments in Africa: Trends and Challenges with Public-Private Partnerships
Authors: Hany Besada and Cristina D’Alessandro
Abstract: Despite the efforts and progress made to achieve the 7th Millennium Development Goal (MDG7) in ensuring access to portable water and sanitation to all, urban water utilities are still deficient in many African contexts. Public-private partnerships (PPP) for urban water utilities and sanitation are proliferating in developing countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. This proposed paper aims to investigate this current debate and trend in developing financing, going back to the 1990s, especially in relation to the recent involvement of emerging countries. Results and success will be highlighted, but doubts and criticisms about the effectiveness of these projects will be also taken into account, as well as concerns about the lack of objective performance data.
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Socio-Psychological Perspectives on the Potential for Serious Games to Promote Transcendental Values in IWRM Decision-Making
Authors: Wietske Medema, Dianna Marini and Jan Adamowski
Abstract: Modern day challenges of water resource management involve difficult decision-making in the face of increasing complexity and uncertainty. However, even if all decision-makers possessed perfect knowledge, water management decisions ultimately involve competing values, which will only get more prominent with increasing scarcity and competition over resources. Therefore, an important normative goal for water management is the long-term cooperation between stakeholders. According to principles of integrated water resource management (IWRM), this necessitates that managerial decisions support social equity and intergenerational equity (social equity that spans generations). The purpose of this review is to formulate preliminary recommendations for the design of serious games (SGs), a potentially valuable learning tool that can give rise to shared values and engage stakeholders with conflicting interests to cooperate towards a common goal. Specifically, this discussion explores whether SG could promote values that transcend the self-interest (transcendent values) based on the contributions of social psychology. The discussion is organized in the following way. First, reasons are provided for why understanding values from psychological perspectives is both important for water management and a potential avenue for learning in SG. Second, the description of values and mechanisms of value change from the field of psychology is presented. Third, the key psychological constraints to learning or applying values are highlighted. Fourth, recommendations are made for SG designers to consider when developing games for water management, to promote transcendental values. Overall, the main conclusions from exploring the potential of value change for IWRM through SG design are that: 1- SG design needs to consider how all values change systematically; 2- SG design should incorporate the many value conflicts that are faced in real life water management; 3- SG could potentially promote learning by having players reflect on the reasoning behind value priorities across water management situations; 4- intergroup conflict is an important barrier to value change in water management, and that this can be further explored in SG, and 5- value change ought to be tested in an iterative SG design process using Schwartz’s Value Survey (SVS) survey.
Title: Temporal Variability of the Irrigation Demand of Onion Crops with Predicted Climate Change
Authors: Jana Zinkernagel and Nadine Schmidt
Abstract: Predicted climate change will affect agricultural water resources. Particularly vegetable crops will be concerned due to high water demand and high vulnerability to water scarcity. Present vegetable production already requires irrigation water. To assess future irrigation demand, the impact of climate change needs to be revealed region- and crop-specifically. For robust predictions, a wide range of scenarios has to be simulated using different climate models. The aim of this study is to evaluate the climate change impact on the water availability and irrigation demand of onion crops cultivated in a German model region. Focus is on crop-specific climatic water balance, considering soil characteristics and temperature-driven plant growth. Thus simulated irrigation demand differs between four climate models. However, in all scenarios climate parameters indicate increasing water demand until 2100.
Keywords: climate change; policy instruments; irrigation; vegetable crops; climatic water balance