Water Conversations: “Analyzing Water Allocation and Water Markets in Southern Alberta” with Anteneh Belayneh

Water Conversations: “Analyzing Water Allocation and Water Markets in Southern Alberta” with Anteneh Belayneh

Categories: Lectures and Seminars, Panel Discussions | Intended for

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

3235 Mackenzie

1125 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON

Contact Information

Christiane Mineau, (613)520-2600 ext. 2516, christiane.mineau@carleton.ca


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About this Event

Host Organization: The Global Water Institute
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The Global Water Institute (GWI) would like to invite you to the sixth installment of Water Conversations, our brown bag lunch series. These are informal talks that aim to introduce water researchers to each other, establish friendships, and help us to better understand the type of water research that Carleton faculty and students are undertaking so that we can collaborate better and successfully team up for larger projects. Please bring your lunch and we will serve the drinks and cookies. Spaces are limited, please RSVP to christiane.mineau@carleton.ca.

Our March Speaker is Anteneh Belayneh, PhD candidate from the Carleton School of Public Policy and Administration. His research interests relate to water resource allocation and management. His areas of expertise are Bioresource management and hydrology. His recent work involves studying the economic impact of mining on indigenous communities in the Canadian sub-arctic and water allocation in southern Alberta.

Abstract: Alberta’s South Saskatchewan River Basin (SSRB) is prone to periods of water shortage. Its semi-arid climate and intensive water demands have left the basin periodically over-allocated. Water allocation in Southern Alberta was traditionally governed by a supply driven approach and dominated by irrigation and agricultural water users. The province governs water allocation through the Water Act which was the culmination of a shift in water policy orientation in southern Alberta to a more demand driven approach. The centerpiece of this new approach to water allocation is the water market, which has been described as thin. Water markets are an emerging economic instrument in water resource management. This study examines whether the water market is indeed a thin market and why there have been a paucity of water transfers to date. The study also examines the potential efficiency gains from water reallocation in the SSRB.

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