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|Title:||Exploring generational differences towards water resources and policy preferences of water re-allocation in Alberta, Canada|
|Citation:||Water Resources Management, 2015; 29(14):5073-5089|
|Alec Zuo, Sarah Ann Wheeler, Henning Bjornlund, Jane Edwards, Wei Xu|
|Abstract:||It is a challenging task for policy makers to design optimal water resource management policies that accommodate increasing demand while minimizing social and environmental impacts of water extraction. We used four surveys of the general community and irrigators in Alberta’s South-Saskatchewan River Basin to explore the values people assign to water and their preferences for water re-allocation policies, focusing particularly on generational differences. The findings suggest that significant generational differences exist: with the younger generation more environmentally concerned, although it favoured less government intervention in water re-allocation. Generational differences also exist regarding residential and irrigation water use values, and in policy preferences for how to protect the environment and the rights of existing water right holders (irrigators). It was also found that urban–rural context and economic dependence (farmers versus non-farmers) on water mediate generational differences in values and preferences.|
|Keywords:||Water; Value; Economic analysis; Policy preference; Water re-allocation; Alberta|
|Rights:||© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015|
|Appears in Collections:||Global Food Studies publications|
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