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Valuing improvements in the water rights system in South Africa : a contingent ranking approach

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In the context of increasing water scarcity, understanding is growing that irrigation water rights are important and that a lack of effective water rights systems constitute a major reason for inefficient water management. This study carried out a contingent ranking experiment to study how smallholder irrigators in South Africa would value potential changes in water rights. Three specific dimensions of water rights, relevant for the South African case, are considered: duration, quality of title and transferability. Results indicate that smallholder irrigators are prepared to pay considerably higher water prices if improvements are made in the water rights system. This implies that the proposed interventions in the water rights system would improve the efficiency and productivity of the small-scale irrigation sector. The increased willingness to pay could furthermore also assist South African government to reach the objective of increased cost recovery.
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water rights, contingent ranking, South Africa, willingness to pay, irrigation, water policy, water allocation, water resources, WILLINGNESS-TO-PAY, NORTH-WEST PROVINCE, IRRIGATION WATER, PROPERTY-RIGHTS, DEVELOPING-COUNTRIES, CHOICE EXPERIMENTS, SMALLHOLDER IRRIGATION, QUALITY IMPROVEMENTS, EFFICIENCY GAINS, MARKETS

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Speelman, Stijn, Stefano Farolfi, Aymen Frija, and Guido Van Huylenbroeck. 2010. “Valuing Improvements in the Water Rights System in South Africa : a Contingent Ranking Approach.” Journal of the American Water Resources Association 46 (6): 1133–1144.
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Speelman, S., Farolfi, S., Frija, A., & Van Huylenbroeck, G. (2010). Valuing improvements in the water rights system in South Africa : a contingent ranking approach. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN WATER RESOURCES ASSOCIATION, 46(6), 1133–1144.
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Speelman S, Farolfi S, Frija A, Van Huylenbroeck G. Valuing improvements in the water rights system in South Africa : a contingent ranking approach. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN WATER RESOURCES ASSOCIATION. 2010;46(6):1133–44.
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Speelman, Stijn, Stefano Farolfi, Aymen Frija, et al. “Valuing Improvements in the Water Rights System in South Africa : a Contingent Ranking Approach.” JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN WATER RESOURCES ASSOCIATION 46.6 (2010): 1133–1144. Print.
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  abstract     = {In the context of increasing water scarcity, understanding is growing that irrigation water rights are important and that a lack of effective water rights systems constitute a major reason for inefficient water management. This study carried out a contingent ranking experiment to study how smallholder irrigators in South Africa would value potential changes in water rights. Three specific dimensions of water rights, relevant for the South African case, are considered: duration, quality of title and transferability. Results indicate that smallholder irrigators are prepared to pay considerably higher water prices if improvements are made in the water rights system. This implies that the proposed interventions in the water rights system would improve the efficiency and productivity of the small-scale irrigation sector. The increased willingness to pay could furthermore also assist South African government to reach the objective of increased cost recovery.},
  author       = {Speelman, Stijn and Farolfi, Stefano and Frija, Aymen and Van Huylenbroeck, Guido},
  issn         = {1093-474X},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN WATER RESOURCES ASSOCIATION},
  keywords     = {water rights,contingent ranking,South Africa,willingness to pay,irrigation,water policy,water allocation,water resources,WILLINGNESS-TO-PAY,NORTH-WEST PROVINCE,IRRIGATION WATER,PROPERTY-RIGHTS,DEVELOPING-COUNTRIES,CHOICE EXPERIMENTS,SMALLHOLDER IRRIGATION,QUALITY IMPROVEMENTS,EFFICIENCY GAINS,MARKETS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {6},
  pages        = {1133--1144},
  title        = {Valuing improvements in the water rights system in South Africa : a contingent ranking approach},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1752-1688.2010.00480.x},
  volume       = {46},
  year         = {2010},
}

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