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As competition for water grows among users, water resources management decisions will involve increasingly complex trade-offs with significant implications for economies, growth and the distribution of benefits. The economy-wide impacts and equity implications of water resources management policies will therefore demand increasing attention.  This note focuses on these broad economic dimensions of water resource management, rather than the longstanding concerns of cost-effectiveness and financial sustainability faced by individual water-using sectors. The issues addressed here fall into three categories; (i) the value of water, (ii) water resources and the economy, and (iii) water resources management across borders.


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This material is prepared within the framework of concept development for the economic modelling of integrated water resources management and environmental protection in Central Asia. It is delivered as informational inquiry “Sharing economic benefits of water use”.

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