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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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Governing water charges design and implementation

This chapter analyses three sets of issues that affect the governance of economic instruments for water management in Brazil: the role of information for supporting decision-making in water charges; the issue of scale for managing water charges; and planning as a tool that drives both the design of water charges and the allocation of revenues from water charges.

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