Meeting Water Needs in Developing Countries: Resolving Issues in Establishing Tradable Water Rights

  • Mateen Thobani
Part of the Natural Resource Management and Policy book series (NRMP, volume 15)


Recent approaches to meet the growing water demand have focused on voluntary mechanisms to conserve water and to reallocate it among competing uses rather than on developing new sources. They have also focused on alternative ways to finance the operations and management of existing infrastructure and the construction of new infrastructure. These approaches, referred to here as “market-based instruments for water management,” may be divided into three categories: pricing policies, informal water markets, and formal water markets. While proponents recognize that such approaches will not resolve all water problems, they believe that they have many advantages over administrative mechanisms.


Water Allocation Return Flow Water Company Water Market User Association 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mateen Thobani
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  1. 1.The World BankWashington

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