Water Conversations - Analyzing Water Allocation and Water Markets in Southern Alberta

Thu Mar 22, 2018, Ottawa, ON

The Global Water Institute (GWI) would like to invite you to the sixth installment of Water Conversations, our brown bag lunch series. These events aim to connect people who are passionate about water and environment issues, and provide the opportunity for up and coming researchers to showcase their work! The event is free and open to all, but we would appreciate an RSVP (to tell us how many snacks and drinks to bring!) RSVP to Christiane.mineau (at) carleton.ca

This talk takes place from noon to 1pm on Carleton University Campus, in the University Centre, room 182.

Talk description: Alberta's South Saskatchewan River Basin (SSRB) is prone to periods of water shortage. Its semi-arid climate and intensive water demands have left the basin periodically over-allocated. Water allocation in Southern Alberta was traditionally governed by a supply driven approach and dominated by irrigation and agricultural water users. The province governs water allocation through the Water Act which was the culmination of a shift in water policy orientation in southern Alberta to a more demand driven approach. The centerpiece of this new approach to water allocation is the water market, which has been described as thin. Water markets are an emerging economic instrument in water resource management. This study examines whether the water market is indeed a thin market and why there have been a paucity of water transfers to date. The study also examines the potential efficiency gains from water reallocation in the SSRB.

We hope to see you there!


For more information:

Contact Name: Christiane Mineau
Website: http://carleton.ca/gwi
Phone: (613)520-2600 x2516
E-mail: christiane.mineau (at) carleton.ca

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