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Values-Based Scenarios of Water Security: Rights to Water, Rights of Waters, and Commercial Water Rights

Jenkins, Willis and Rosa, Lorenzo and Schmidt, Jeremy and Band, Lawrence and Beltran-Peña, Areidy and Clarens, Andres and Doney, Scott and Emanuel, Ryan E and Glassie, Alison and Quinn, Julianne and Rulli, Maria Cristina and Shobe, William and Szeptycki, Leon and D'Odorico, Paolo (2021) 'Values-Based Scenarios of Water Security: Rights to Water, Rights of Waters, and Commercial Water Rights.', BioScience, 71 (11). pp. 1157-1170.

Abstract

Although a wide body of scholarly research recognizes multiple kinds of values for water, water security assessments typically employ just some of them. In the present article, we integrate value scenarios into a planetary water security model to incorporate multiple water-related social values and illustrate trade-offs among them. Specifically, we incorporate cultural values for environmental flows needed to sustain ecosystem function (rights of waters), the water requirements of a human right to food (rights to water), and the economic value of water to commercial enterprise (commercial water rights). Pairing quantitative hydrological modeling with qualitative systems of valuing, we suggest how to depict the available water for realizing various combinations of the values underlying those rights. We account for population growth and dietary choices associated with different socioeconomic pathways. This pluralist approach incorporates multiple kinds of values into a water security framework, to better recognize and work with diversity in cultural valuation of water.

Item Type:Article
Full text:Publisher-imposed embargo until 15 September 2022.
(AM) Accepted Manuscript
File format - PDF
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biab088
Publisher statement:This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in BioScience following peer review. The version of record Jenkins, Willis, Rosa, Lorenzo, Schmidt, Jeremy, Band, Lawrence, Beltran-Peña, Areidy, Clarens, Andres, Doney, Scott, Emanuel, Ryan E, Glassie, Alison, Quinn, Julianne, Rulli, Maria Cristina, Shobe, William, Szeptycki, Leon & D'Odorico, Paolo (2021). Values-Based Scenarios of Water Security: Rights to Water, Rights of Waters, and Commercial Water Rights. BioScience 71(11): 1157-1170 is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biab088.
Date accepted:23 July 2021
Date deposited:03 December 2021
Date of first online publication:15 September 2021
Date first made open access:15 September 2022

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