This book describes and analyses the diversity of possible approaches and policy pathways to implement sustainable groundwater development, based on a comparative analysis of numerous quantitative management case studies from France and Australia.
This unique book brings together water professionals and academics involved for several decades in groundwater policy making, planning or operational management to reflect on their experience with developing and implementing groundwater management policy. The data and analysis presented accordingly makes a significant contribution to the empirical water management literature by providing novel, real world insights unpublished elsewhere.
The originality of the contributions also lies in the different disciplinary perspectives (hydrogeology, economics, planning and social sciences in particular) adopted in many chapters.
The book offers a unique comparative analysis of France, Australia and experiences in countries such as Chile and the US to identify similarities, but also fundamental differences, which are analysed and presented as alternative policy options - these differences being mainly related to the role of the state, the community and market mechanisms in groundwater management.
Dr. Jean-Daniel RINAUDO is researcher at Brgm (French Geological Survey) where he coordinates the scientific program on environmental and risk economics Initially trained as an agricultural engineer (Montpellier SupAgro 1994), he specialized in agricultural and resource economics (PhD University of Auvergne, 2000). Prior to joining Brgm, he worked for the International Water Management Institute in Pakistan where his research focused on the political economy of irrigation management reforms. His current research mainly focuses on the institutional economic dimension of groundwater management. Most of his research is conducted in France but he also works in Morocco and Chile. He is currently developing new research activities in the field of natural disasters economics, focusing on the methods to assess economic vulnerability and resilience. Dr. Jean Daniel Rinaudo is also member of the Scientific Council of the Adour Garonne River basin agency.
Cameron HOLLEY is a Professor at UNSW Law and is a member of the Global Water Institue and Connected Waters Initiative Research Centre, UNSW Australia. Cameron has worked closely with Australian and international government and non-government organizations on a range of water and natural resource management research projects. He currently holds ARC Discovery Grants on Non-Urban Water Regulation and Integrating the Governance of Water and Coal Seam Gas. He is an Editorial Board member on the Environmental and Planning Law Journal, and in 2016 was the guest editor of a Special Issue (EPLJ Vol 33 Part 4), entitled Rethinking Water Law and Governance.
Steve BARNETT is Principal Hydrogeologist at the Water Science and Monitoring Branch of the Department for Environment and Water in South Australia. He has been involved in the investigation, monitoring and management of groundwater resources in SA for over 40 years, and has contributed technical and policy input into ten groundwater management plans which incorporate a variety of different aquifers and management issues. He is a past-president of Australian Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists. Steve will be one of the key authors of this edited book, contributing to several chapters of the book dealing with the evolution of water policy in Australia, to South Australian case study chapters and to the concluding chapter.
Dr. Marielle MONTGINOUL is senior researcher in Economics at the National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (IRSTEA) and she is a member of the Joint Research Unit G-Eau. Her work focuses on understanding and modeling farmers and households' water consumption behaviors. She more specifically studies instruments that can be used to reveal these behaviors when information is incomplete. Her research also focuses on economic tools to manage water withdrawals, with a focus on water pricing. She mobilizes a wide range of methodologies including surveys, experimental economics, and scenarios workshops. Marielle is member of the scientific council of the Rhone Méditerranée and Corsica Water agency. She coordinates a Master in Social sciences applied to water management in Montpellier University.
Chapter 1. Sustainable Groundwater Management in France and Australia: Setting Extraction Limits, Allocating Rights and Reallocation.- Chapter 2. Groundwater in France: Resources, Use and Management Issues.- Chapter 3. Groundwater Policy in France: From Private to Collective Management.- Chapter 4. Groundwater Management Planning at the River Basin District Level: Comparative Analysis of the Adour-Garonne and Loire-Bretagne River Basins.- Chapter 5. Lessons from Twenty Years of Local Volumetric Groundwater Management: The case of the Beauce Aquifer, Central France.- Chapter 6. Groundwater in Australia: Occurrence and Management Issues.- Chapter 7. The Evolution of Groundwater Management Policy in the States of Australia.- Chapter 8. Developing a Coordinated Groundwater Management Plan for the Interstate Murray-Darling Basin.- Chapter 9. Information Systems for Sustainable Management of Groundwater Extraction in France and Australia.- Chapter 10. The Challenge of Making Ground-water Visible: A Review of Communication Approaches and Tools in France.- Chapter 11. Conceptual Approaches, Methods and Models used to Assess Abstraction Limits for Unconfined Aquifers in France.- Chapter 12. Setting Sustainable Abstraction Limits in Confined Aquifers: Example from Deep Confined Aquifers in the Bordeaux Region, France.- Chapter 13. A tool to Determine Annual Ground-Water Allocations in the Tarn-et-Garonne Alluvial Aquifer (France).- Chapter 14. Conceptual Approaches, Methods and Models used to Assess Extraction Limits in Australia: From Sustainable to Acceptable Yield.- Chapter 15. Case Study: An Integrated Approach to Determining Sustainable Abstraction Limits in Perth's North West Urban Growth Corridor.- Chapter 16. Using Resource Condition Limits to Define Groundwater Management Objectives in the Barossa Valley, South Australia.- Chapter 17. Reducing Entitlements when Groundwater has been Over-allocated: Policy Issues and Options.- Chapter 18. Developing Substitution Resources as Compensation for Reduced Groundwater Entitlements: The Case of the Poitou Marshes (France).- Chapter 19. New Approaches for Allocation Reductions and Groundwater Salinity Management in South Australia.- Chpater 20. Reducing Groundwater Entitlements in the Lower Murrumbidgee Groundwater Management Area.- Chapter 21. Development of Groundwater Markets in Australia: Insights from Victoria in the Murray Darling Basin.- Chapter 22. Groundwater Regulation, Compliance and Enforcement: Insights on Regulators, Regulated Actors and Frameworks in New South Wales, Australia.- Chapter 23. Compliance and Enforcement: the Achilles Heel of French Water Policy.- Chapter 24. The Role of Sectoral Policies to Restore Groundwater Balance: The Impact of Agricultural Policies on Irrigation Water Demand in France.- Chapter 25. Groundwater Management Lessons from Chile.- Chapter 26. California's 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act - From the Back Seat to the Driver Seat in the (Inter)National Groundwater Sustainability Movement.- Chapter 27. Changing from Unrestricted access to Sustainable Abstraction Management Regimes: Lessons Learnt from France and Australia.
"This book is definitely essential reading for groundwater scholars looking to advance their thinking about how groundwater overexploitation could be curbed." (Francois Molle, water-alternatives.org, 2020)