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Using an Integrated Participatory Modeling Approach to Assess Water Management Options and Support Community Conversations on Maui

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  • Andrea M. Bassi

    () (Millennium Institute, 2111 Wilson Blvd, Suite 700, Arlington, VA 22201, USA)

  • John Harrisson

    () (Maui Economic Development Board, 1305 N. Holopono St, Kihei, HI 96753, USA)

  • Rushil S. Mistry

    () (Millennium Institute, 2111 Wilson Blvd, Suite 700, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
    McGill University, 845 Sherbrooke St. W. Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T5, Canada)

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to provide an integrated analysis of water distribution on Maui and the cross-sectoral impacts of policies and regulations aimed at rejuvenating and sustaining the deep-rooted culture on the island. Since the water diversion system was implemented in 1876 on the island of Maui, there has been contention among local interest groups over the right way to manage and allocate this precious resource. There is also concern over the availability of the precious resource in the long term, as the demand for water is expected to exceed the potential supply of water on Maui by 2020. This paper analyzes various long run scenarios of policy options presently being discussed on Maui. By collaborating with local experts, business leaders, and community members, to develop a tool that facilitates policy formulation and evaluation, informed decisions can then be made by the local community to ensure sustainable development.

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  • Andrea M. Bassi & John Harrisson & Rushil S. Mistry, 2009. "Using an Integrated Participatory Modeling Approach to Assess Water Management Options and Support Community Conversations on Maui," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 1(4), pages 1-18, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:1:y:2009:i:4:p:1331-1348:d:6526
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    Keywords

    Maui; water supply; integrated modeling; system dynamics; water treatment; water management; sustainability; community development; strategies and policies;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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