Adour River negotiations

The analysis in this chapter is based on a specific negotiation process regarding water allocation, water storage capacity, and water prices for users in the Adour catchment area in southwestern France. This example provides an excellent case study for analysis using the Rausser-Simon multilateral bargaining model, because a substantial amount of information about the context of the negotiations is available. This information includes details about the hydrology of the river, the use of the...

Allocation regime options

Based on historical surface water allocation practices and water conflicts in the basin, this chapter endeavors to examine three options of water allocation regimes commonly used. Option 1 Water allocation through unregulated withdrawals. Under such a regime, each region withdraws water freely according to its needs. The actual water withdrawal depends mainly on its diversion capacity and the costs of increasing diversion capacity. Option 2 Water allocation through prior agreed water quotas....