Water ethics: Incorporating equity in water management

Lacey, Justine (2008). Water ethics: Incorporating equity in water management. In: U21 Graduate Research Conference Proceedings 2008. U21 Postgraduate Research Conference, Birmingham, U.K., (). 20-25 July 2008.

Author Lacey, Justine
Title of paper Water ethics: Incorporating equity in water management
Conference name U21 Postgraduate Research Conference
Conference location Birmingham, U.K.
Conference dates 20-25 July 2008
Proceedings title U21 Graduate Research Conference Proceedings 2008
Publication Year 2008
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISSN 2075-2881
Abstract/Summary In Australia, water management has been described as one of the major natural resource management issues facing our rural industries, regional communities and our unique environment. Within this context, water ethics has emerged as a research area of great significance. However to date, the majority of research has clustered around environmental and economic themes and forays into the ethical management of water have been, for the most part, limited to a deliberative focus on the establishment of property rights and effective water pricing mechanisms. These narrow approaches fail to recognise the diversity and plurality of our water values or to adequately address broader values such as social justice and equity. For example, in the realm of water justice there are a myriad of competing equity claims. Water is highly valued for a range of uses but competition for the resource can create divisions among the community of users. Moreover some parts of the communityare denied adequate access to water. This type of social exclusion can occur in a variety of ways, but for many, exclusion means they are denied basic choices about water due to a lack of ability to participate in decision making processes. Such equity claims cannot be readily solved by utilitarian formulas which seek to apply a simple metric to determine the highest economic value. Rather there are multiple values and realities which must be addressed ncluding the social and institutional frameworks surrounding water governance. This paper aims to briefly outline the broader range of ethical and philosophical underpinnings relating to water management that exist both within environmental and economic concerns but also beyond them.
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes U21 Postgraduate Research Conference: Water - how need drives research and research underpins solutions to world-wide problems

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
 
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Created: Sat, 20 Nov 2010, 07:38:55 EST by Dr Justine Lacey on behalf of School of Integrative Systems