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Groundwater Economics and Policy in South Asia
1st Edition - August 7, 2023
Author: M. Dinesh Kumar
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Groundwater Economics and Policy in South Asia is a reference guide focusing on groundwater management and groundwater economics in South Asia. The author compares the regional… Read more
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Groundwater Economics and Policy in South Asia is a reference guide focusing on groundwater management and groundwater economics in South Asia. The author compares the regional variations across South Asia and the public policies that shaped the groundwater sector and presents the most up-to-date information on groundwater management using practical case-studies and empirical data. With the inclusion of strong methodological solutions for sustainable groundwater management, scholars in the fields of geohydrology, agricultural sciences, water resource economics, and professionals in water science and policy will get access to the latest policies and methods used in groundwater research in South Asia.
Presents a comprehensive overview of water management issues and governance in South Asia
Includes detailed case studies and applications to guide the reader
Contains the most recent developments in the literature, along with empirical data
Professors and advanced PhD students in the fields of geohydrology, agricultural sciences, water resource economics, agricultural economics, hydrological sciences, water science and policy. Senior managers and professionals working in departments such as groundwater, agriculture, the Ministry of Water Resources, and agencies such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, GIZ, African Development Bank
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction
1.1 Changing character of groundwater debate in South Asia
1.2 Purpose and scope of the book
1.3 Contents of the book
Chapter 2 South Asia's groundwater: The resource characteristics, ownership regimes, and access
2.2 Geohydrology, dynamic groundwater resources, and variations
2.3 Arguments that shaped public policies in groundwater and agriculture in South Asia
2.4 Is access to groundwater equitable in South Asia?
2.5 Impacts of public policies on the functioning of groundwater markets
2.6 Growth of well irrigation in South Asia: will it sustain?
Chapter 3 Application of the complex concept of groundwater over-exploitation
3.2 Assessment of groundwater over-exploitation
3.3 Review of existing methodologies for groundwater assessment
3.4 Are groundwater over-exploitation problems serious in India?
3.5 Summary and conclusions
Chapter 4 Comparing well irrigation with gravity irrigation
4.2 Analyses, data type, and sources
4.3 Future of India's irrigation: canals or wells?
4.4 How far are surface irrigation systems inefficient?
4.5 Is recharging groundwater using local runoff viable in the arid and semi-arid regions?
4.6 Is the contribution of surface systems to India's irrigation declining?
4.7 Ground water quality problems
4.8 Conclusions and policy inferences
Chapter 5 Farm ponds and solar irrigation pumps: Economics and implications for groundwater management policy
5.2 Maharashtra's farm ponds
5.3 Solar irrigation pumps
5.4 Concluding remarks
Chapter 6 Large reservoirs for improving groundwater sustainability in over-exploited regions
6.1 The background
6.2 Impacts of government policies and programs: tall claims
6.3 The complex hydrological regime of Gujarat
6.4 Weak framework for analyzing groundwater storage change
6.5 Has there been a change in water management policy in Gujarat?
6.6 Had decentralized water harvesting made any impact on groundwater?
6.7 Factors that caused groundwater rejuvenation
6.8 What can we learn from Gujarat's experience of managing groundwater?
Chapter 7 Addressing groundwater management issues in semi-arid hard rock regions
7.2 Groundwater development in the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh: how far are the estimates reliable?
7.3 Can well irrigation grow in the future?
7.4 Negative externalities of well irrigation on tank irrigation
7.5 Effectiveness of water harvesting and artificial recharge in mitigating over-exploitation
7.6 Potential impact of crop shift in reducing groundwater withdrawal
7.7 Maneuvering energy–groundwater nexus for co-management of electricity and groundwater
7.8 Potential impact of drip irrigation on groundwater conservation
7.9 Feasibility of community management of groundwater
7.10 Future of water and agriculture in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
7.11 Addressing the growing groundwater crisis in the region
Chapter 8 Institutions and policies for sustainable groundwater management in alluvial areas
8.2 Groundwater development, use, and management in the Indo-Gangetic Plain: understanding the institutional landscape
8.3 Groundwater, energy, and food sector policies influencing groundwater development and use
8.4 Resource sustainability: impact of institutional and policy interventions
8.5 Institutional measures for sustainable groundwater management
Chapter 9 Regulating groundwater use through economic incentives
9.2 Managing groundwater: a plethora of flawed ideas
9.3 Depletion and current status of groundwater in Punjab
9.4 Punjab's direct power subsidy model
9.5 Ad-hoc basis for fixing electricity quota
9.6 False claims of groundwater conservation
9.7 The way to arrest groundwater depletion in Punjab
9.8 Conclusion and the way forward
Chapter 10 Market instruments and institutions for managing groundwater
10.2 Legal and regulatory approaches to manage groundwater
10.3 Institutional reforms for groundwater management
10.4 Management of groundwater by local user groups
10.5 A framework for the design of groundwater management institutions
10.6 Does an enabling environment exist for creating groundwater management institutions?
10.7 The future steps
Chapter 11 Managing groundwater in under-developed regions: Policy lessons
11.1 Synthesis of findings
11.2 What can other semi-arid countries learn from the South Asian experience?
No. of pages: 308
Published: August 7, 2023
Paperback ISBN: 9780443140112
eBook ISBN: 9780443140129
M. Dinesh Kumar
Dr Dinesh Kumar is the Executive Director of the Institute for Resource Analysis and Policy in Hyderabad, an Indian think-tank on water management founded by him in 2008. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering (focus on water resources management) and a Ph. D in Water Management. He works on water, agriculture, and energy related issues in India and internationally, heading several research and consultancy projects and training assignments of the organization. He is the author of nearly 300 research publications, including nine academic books, nine edited volumes, and several international, peer-reviewed journal articles. He is on the editorial board of four prestigious international journals, Viz., Water Policy, International Journal of Water Resources Development, PLOS Water journal and Frontiers in Water. In a career spanning 30 years, Kumar has visited 21 countries, for conferences and official work.
Affiliations and expertise
Executive Director, Institute for Resource Analysis and Policy, Hyderabad, India