- Author: Pamela Kan-Rice
An international group of water experts gathered in Sacramento on Feb. 2 and 3 to share their experiences with the use of market-based incentives to address water scarcity. The presentations and videos from the workshop "Water Pricing for a Dry Future: Policy Ideas from Abroad and their Relevance to California" have been posted at http://spp.ucr.edu/waterpricing under the “video” tab.
"The workshop provided an opportunity for individuals in various sectors to interact with scholars from several countries, who showed how water-pricing mechanisms have been used creatively in their countries to promote water conservation," said Ariel Dinar, UC Riverside professor of environmental economics and policy, who co-organized the workshop.
Experts from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, Israel, South Africa, Spain and California, presented their water-pricing cases.
The workshop was sponsored by the UC Center at Sacramento, UC Riverside School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley, UC ANR, Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics, Public Policy Institute of California Water Policy Center and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.