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Environmental Economics and Water Resources Management: An International Comparison


  • Germani, Anna Rita

    () (Istituto di Economia e Finanza (Institute of Economics and Finance) Facoltà di Giurisprudenza (Faculty of Law) Università degli Studi di Roma)


The management of water resources is an important tool of environmental economics that is changing from a water-supply to a water-demand system. The importance of such transformation has to be found mainly in the way in which potential conflicts between offstream and instream uses are decided. In this study are presented the potential relationships between two similar cases in two different countries, the Tagliamento River in Italy, and the Deschutes River in the United States, and it is demonstrated that modifications to water allocation system are strongly desirable and would improve protection for instream flow values. After having analyzed the way in which water property rights and water legislation have been managed in both countries, it is concluded that if more weight could be given to the instream uses, particularly to the recreational uses, a more efficient allocation of water resources will be reached.

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  • Germani, Anna Rita, 2003. "Environmental Economics and Water Resources Management: An International Comparison," Economia Internazionale / International Economics, Camera di Commercio Industria Artigianato Agricoltura di Genova, vol. 56(4), pages 435-454.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:ecoint:0147

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    JEL classification:

    • N50 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries - - - General, International, or Comparative
    • Q25 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Water
    • Q26 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Recreational Aspects of Natural Resources


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