Economic Instruments for Water Management in Latin America and the Caribbean: Issue Briefing

Feb 2003
The central issue of the II Meeting of the Environment Network of the Regional Policy Dialogue, held on February 25 and 26, 2003, is "the application of economic instruments in water and solid waste management" . This Meeting has, on the water side, been informed by descriptions and analyses of a variety of approaches, including examples from a number of European countries (Kraemer, et al.), a longer study of the French water management system (Feres, et al.), and two Latin American country case studies, Brazil (Seroa da Motta and Feres) and Mexico (Saade Hazin and Saade Hazin). Each study provides a wealth of detail, set against a background of instrument typologies and commentary on instruments based on the extensive economic literature examining their advantages and disadvantages.