Reforming water resources policy - A guide to methods, processes and practices - FAO irrigation and drainage paper 52

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Glossary of technical terms and abbreviations used

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Special attributes of water
The case for public intervention
The water sector and its outreach
The international debate
Purpose of the guide
Target readership

Chapter 2 - Problems

Growing water problems: the concept of vulnerability
Agriculture - Key to the problem
Checklist of critical issues
Reasons for policy review

Chapter 3 - Principles

Water as a scarce resource
Principles for water planning and allocation
Equity and distributional effects
Public health and nutrition
Environmental impact
Fiscal impact
Political and public acceptability
Administrative feasibility
Policy reform in agriculture
Strategic choices and trade-offs

Priorities between sectors
Water or food import?
Domestic versus international concerns
Management mode

Policy mix

Chapter 4 - Methods and processes

A holistic approach
Categories of actions
Planning and analysis

Methodologies and tools for water policy analysis
Data requirements
Obtaining the information

Legal and institutional reforms

Legal reform
Re-organizing the water sector
Participation: NGOs and water user associations

Economic measures

Macro-micro links
Creating incentives

Projects and spending programmes: projects vs policies

Cost-benefit analysis
Cost-effectiveness analysis
Environmental assessment
Financial management

Chapter 5 - Analytical structure and sequence for review

1. Determine the importance of water
2. Matrix of problems and critical issues
3. Quantifying pressure on water resources
4. Identify options
5. Formulate water strategy
6. Define action programme and policy management and monitoring plan

Chapter 6 - Water policy reviews in practice

Water policy reviews in practice: Country experiences

Review processes
Review outcomes

References cited and selective bibliography

Appendix 1 - Indonesia's draft National Resources Policy Action Plan 1994-2020