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Water 2017, 9(3), 180; doi:10.3390/w9030180

The Economic Analysis of Water Use in the Water Framework Directive Based on the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting for Water: A Case Study of the Guadalquivir River Basin

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Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Córdoba, Campus Rabanales, Ctra. N-IV km 396, 14014 Córdoba, Spain
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Department of Economics, Quantitative Methods and Economic History, University Pablo de Olavide, Ctra. de Utrera, km 1, 41013 Sevilla, Spain
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Received: 16 January 2017 / Revised: 21 February 2017 / Accepted: 26 February 2017 / Published: 2 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water Economics and Policy)
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This paper develops a methodology for the economic analysis of water use proposed by the Water Framework Directive (WFD) based on the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting for Water (SEEA-Water) standard tables. Our proposal satisfies the requirements for the economic characterization set out in Article 5 of the WFD. A case study in the Guadalquivir river basin shows a similar characterization in the baseline scenario to previous studies, including apparent water productivity. The main contribution of our research, however, is the proposal of a methodology that would enhance comparability and knowledge-sharing between regions, countries, and sectors both in the European Union and worldwide. View Full-Text
Keywords: Water Framework Directive (WFD); System of Environmental Economic Accounting for Water (SEEA-Water); water use; water policy; water accounting Water Framework Directive (WFD); System of Environmental Economic Accounting for Water (SEEA-Water); water use; water policy; water accounting
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Gutiérrez-Martín, C.; Borrego-Marín, M.M.; Berbel, J. The Economic Analysis of Water Use in the Water Framework Directive Based on the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting for Water: A Case Study of the Guadalquivir River Basin. Water 2017, 9, 180.

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