Water Policy in Chile

  • Guillermo Donoso

Part of the Global Issues in Water Policy book series (GLOB, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Guillermo Donoso
    Pages 1-10
  3. Setting the Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. James McPhee
      Pages 13-23
    3. Alejandra S. Vega, Katherine Lizama, Pablo A. Pastén
      Pages 25-51
  4. Water Policy and Its Implementation in Chile

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Alejandro Vergara, Daniela Rivera
      Pages 67-85
    3. Oscar Melo, Javiera Perez
      Pages 87-102
    4. Francisco Riestra
      Pages 103-115
    5. Robert R. Hearne
      Pages 117-127
  5. Water Sectors in Chile

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. María Molinos-Senante
      Pages 131-150
    3. Rodrigo Fuster, Guillermo Donoso
      Pages 151-163
    4. Felipe Martin, Felipe Saavedra
      Pages 165-177
    5. Orlando Acosta
      Pages 179-193
  6. Water Management Challenges

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 221-224

About this book


This book offers a detailed examination of the main sources of Chile’s water, its principle consumers, the gap between supply and demand, hydrological droughts, and future projected impacts of climate change. It describes, analyzes and evaluates the performance of water policies, laws and institutions, identifies the main challenges that Chile needs to face and derives lessons learnt from Chile’s reform experience.

Expert contributors discuss such topics as Chile’s water policy, and the reasoning which explains its policy reform. The book presents and evaluates the performance of the legal and institutional framework of water resources. It also describes efforts to meet actual demands for water by augmenting supplies with groundwater management, waste water re-use and desalination and improve the state of water ecosystems. The last chapter presents the editor’s assessment and conclusions.  

The case of Chile is illustrative of a transition from command and control to market based management policies, where economic incentives play a significant role in water management. 


Chile Water Management Drinking Water Policy Water Related Challenges Water Supply Demand Resilience and Water Water Law Water Governance in Chile

Editors and affiliations

  • Guillermo Donoso
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural Economics, Water Law and Management CenterPontificia Universidad Católica de ChileMaculChile

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