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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Water charges in Brazil — The state of play

This chapter describes how water charges currently operate in Brazil. It presents the legal and institutional framework for water charges and reviews the experience of federal and state governments, grouping them in five clusters: pioneers; followers; inspirational; newcomers; and aspirants. The chapter highlights several common challenges in terms of setting clear objectives for water charges, developing plans that can drive decisions, putting in place an adequate information system and making the most of collected revenues for the benefit of water users.

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