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International Journal of Water
International Journal of Water


Special Issue on: "The Science, Economics and Policy of Environment Flows"

Guest Editor: Professor John Tisdell, University of Tasmania, Australia

The conflict between extractive and environmental use of surface water is growing and becoming a pressing issue as climate change threatens. This special issue will explore the science of establishing suitable flow regimes and the political, social and economic policy issues associated with restoring flow regimes in catchments fully allocated to extractive use.

This special issue is devoted to questions such as:

  • The where, when and in what quantity are environmental flows required?
  • How should water be acquired when it is fully allocated to extractive use?
  • Should environmental entitlements be established and made tradeable?
  • What institutions are necessary to ensure effective environmental flow management?
  • How should the conflict between environmental and extractive demand be managed?

Answering this range of questions requires the skills of many disciplines. As such, this special issue is open to a large range of disciplines – papers from catchment hydrology and riverine ecology through to resource/ecological economics, law and policy are welcome. The notion is to present a set of papers that cover the range of issues associated with restoring environmental flows.

Subject Coverage
Topics include but are not limited to the following:
  • Environmental flow modelling: determining environmental flow regimes
  • Modelling the policy implications of environmental flows
  • Environmental and extractive water values, prices and costs
  • Environmental flows and water policy
  • Environmental flows and water markets
  • Environmental water rights
  • Indigenous water rights and the environment
  • Conflict between extractive and environmental water use
  • The role of authorities and other groups in restoring environmental flows
  • The politics of environmental flows

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (Conference papers may only be submitted if they were not originally copyrighted and if they have been completely re-written.)

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Deadline for submission: November 30th, 2010