Posted: Wed. July 25, 2018, 9:56am PT
Panel on Water Rights, Markets and the Environment held on April 3, 2018 at the 43 Annual APEE Meeting. Is water facing a crisis? Yes and no. On the one hand, declining water quality is a serious problem in many parts of the world; and if recent usage trends continue, shortages are inevitable. On the other hand, water quality has improved in many economically advanced countries, and in some regions institutions and policies have been adopted that would postpone, or even avoid, the onset of water crises. These policies include establishing secure and transferable water rights and extending these rights to enhance ecosystems.