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The Ins And Outs Of Water Use -- A Review Of Multi-Region Input--Output Analysis And Water Footprints For Regional Sustainability Analysis And Policy

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  • Peter L. Daniels
  • Manfred Lenzen
  • Steven J. Kenway
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    This paper reviews current knowledge about water footprints (WFs) and the role of input--output techniques. We first provide an overview of the prevailing ‘bottom-up’, process-based methods and their strengths and limitations. This overview leads to discussion of the benefits of combining process-based water footprints with information from input--output techniques. The central theme and proposition is that environmental multi-region input--output analysis (E-MRIO) has a powerful capacity to establish the geography of embodied water, and to complement process-based approaches to WF by expanding their supply-chain coverage. Combining process and input--output information provides valuable information for a diverse set of water planning and water policy objectives. A comprehensive and systematic outline of potential policy applications of E-MRIO (and process analysis methods) is presented.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Economic Systems Research.

    Volume (Year): 23 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 4 (October)
    Pages: 353-370

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:ecsysr:v:23:y:2011:i:4:p:353-370
    DOI: 10.1080/09535314.2011.633500
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