Water and Agriculture

Sustainability, Markets and Policies

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Agriculture is a major user of water and is responsible for much of its pollution. But the agricultural sector faces increasing competition for scarce water supplies from urban and industrial users and, increasingly, to sustain ecosystems.  This conference proceedings explores how both governments and the private sector can expand the role of markets to allocate water used by all sectors and to get agricultural producers to account for the pollution that their sector generates.



Assessing the Feasibility of Water Quality Trading to Address Agricultural Sources of Pollution in Canada

This paper reports on a study exploring the feasibility of water quality trading to address pollution from agricultural non-point sources in Canada and the potential role of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in such initiatives. The paper provides brief background material on water quality trading and presents the main findings organised around biogeochemical considerations, regulatory/policy considerations, and key design aspects of trading programmes, including roles of stakeholders and government. Preliminary findings indicate that there are no strong legal or regulatory barriers at the provincial or federal level to the development of trading systems in Canada.


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