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Water Policy, Tourism and Recreation: Lessons from Australia

Series: RFF Press Water Policy Series

Edited By: Suzanne O'Keefe and Lin Crase

240 pages, colour photos, b/w illustrations

Resources for the Future

Hardback | Jul 2011 | #195956 | ISBN-13: 9781617260872
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NHBS Price: £65.00 $85/€74 approx

About this book

This book explores the complicated interrelationships between freshwater resources and tourism and recreation. The focus is on Australia, but comparisons with the experience of other countries are also made throughout. Yet Australia has been at the forefront of conflicts over drought and water use, particularly for irrigated agriculture, as well as of the design of policies and institutions for water policy, so there are many lessons which can be applied to other parts of the world.

The authors examine in detail the relationships between water economics and supply, and the needs for tourism and recreation. The book discusses water use and access and the conflict between urban and recreational demands. It considers the institutional arrangements around water and the significance of property rights, including water markets and water pricing. Theoretical and practical models for increasing collaboration and cooperation such as the use of trusts are also developed and water trusts in the USA are examined. Specific chapters highlight the role of interest groups, such as the boating industry, to influence policy thinking and the practical trade-offs between access to urban water supplies and the requirements of recreation. Tourist behavior in relation to water use and pricing is also assessed.

The subject matter of the book is of great relevance to the evolution of water policy and practice in Australia today. Because Australian water policy has also become a global standard, the book is of high relevance to other rich countries (who face similar issues today) and poor countries (who will face them in the future).
- John Briscoe, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Environmental Engineering, Harvard University



Part 1: Context, Values and Trade-Offs
1. The Policy Landscape and Challenges for Tourism and Recreation in Australia
2. The Environmental Status of Australia's Rivers: A Production Systems Perspective
3. Challenges of Estimating the Value of Tourism and Recreation in the Murray-Darling Basin
4. Access to Inland Waters for Tourism: Ecosystem Services and Trade-Offs

Part 2: Property Rights and Institutional Arrangements
5. Why Rights Matter
6. Institutional Considerations for Collaborative Behavior in Tourism and Recreation
7. Collaborating and Coordinating Disparate Interests: Lessons from Water Trusts

Part 3: Practical Challenges and Policy Formulation
8. The Swan River: Look, but do not Touch
9. Recreational Access to Urban Water Supplies
10. Cases in Policy Suasion and Influence: The Boating Industry
11. Science, Policy and Knowledge: Is there a Better Way for the Tourism and Recreation Sector?

Part 4: Tourists and Urban Water and Lessons for the Future
12. The Use of Potable Water by Tourists: Accounting for Behavioral Differences
13. Water Pricing, Water Restrictions and Tourism Water Demand
14. Lessons for the Tourism and Recreation Sector


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Lin Crase is Professor of Applied Economics with the Regional School of Business at La Trobe University, Australia. His edited books include "Reforming Institutions in Water Resource Management" and "Water Policy in Australia".

Sue O'Keefe is Associate Head of the Regional School of Business at La Trobe University. She has a PhD in Economics from the University of New England and her fields of competence are in water policy, decision making and incentives and consumer preferences.

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