Water Charges in Brazil

The Ways Forward

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This report examines the current system of water abstraction and pollution charges in operation in Brazil. It assesses the current system’s implementation challenges and provides possible solutions. The report explores how water charges can be both an effective means for dealing with water security issues, and a tool for enhancing economic growth and social welfare. Specific analysis is put forward for three case studies in the State of Rio de Janiero, the Paraiba do Sul River Basin and the Piancó-Piranhas-Açu River Basin. The report highlights that water charges need to operate in conjunction with an effective water regulatory regime and concludes with an Action Plan based on practical steps and recommendations for its implementation in the short, medium and long-term.


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Action Plan

Building on a policy dialogue that aimed to stimulate a discussion about water charges and provide governments and stakeholders with means to enhance water charges uses and impacts, this Action Plan was designed to set out concrete actions and suggests champions or institutions that can lead implementation over the short, medium and long run. It identifies key steps for the implementation of the main policy recommendations and the ways forward set out in this report. The ultimate goal is to create the conditions for the effective design and efficient implementation of water charges in a shared responsibility across levels of government as well as the public, private and non-profit sectors.

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