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Linking Property Rights, Ecosystem Services and Water Resources
Expanded Title:“What is often referred to as property is really the access right to a stream of benefits from a given set of resources.” Neil Meyer A team of researchers recently conducted a research project for the Water Research Commission. It was entitled ‘Embedding Property Rights Theory in Cooperative Approaches to the Management of Aquatic Ecosystem Services in South Africa’. In conducting the research, engaging with other researchers and stakeholders, and compiling various reports four things became apparent: 1. Well defined property rights can make an important contribution to the equitable, efficient and sustainable allocation of the benefits derived from water resources. 2. In South Africa application of the concept of property rights in the context of natural resources is poorly understood, and the language used in explanations and descriptions is, at times, difficult to understand. 3. Water resources supply not one but a host of ecosystem services. Specific rights need to be assigned to each benefit that emanates from each ecosystem service. 4. Failure to develop and apply appropriate property rights regimes compromises attainment of the intentions of the National Water Act particularly to: “...protect aquatic ecosystems in order to secure ecologically sustainable development and use of the relevant water resource”. This document aims to introduce property rights, ecosystem services and associated concepts as they relate to water resource management; to illustrate their importance and relevance to the South African situation, and to do so simply in a way that promotes a broader understanding and appreciation.
Date Published:01/04/2013
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Water Resource Management/IWRM - Water Governance
Document Keywords:Policy and regulation
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Technical
WRC Report No:TT 554/13
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0399-4
Authors:Hay D; Nkhata B; Wilkinson M; Harris K; Breen C; Crafford J
Project No:K5/2073
Originator:WRC
Organizations:Monash South Africa and International WaterCentre; Prime Africa; Duncan Hay & Associates
Document Size:1 621 KB
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