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THE INS AND OUTS OF WATER USE -- A REVIEW OF MULTI-REGION INPUT--OUTPUT ANALYSIS AND WATER FOOTPRINTS FOR REGIONAL SUSTAINABILITY ANALYSIS AND POLICY

Peter L. Daniels, Manfred Lenzen and Steven J. Kenway

Economic Systems Research, 2011, vol. 23, issue 4, 353-370

Abstract: This paper reviews current knowledge about water footprints (WFs) and the role of input--output techniques. We first provide an overview of the prevailing ‘bottom-up’, process-based methods and their strengths and limitations. This overview leads to discussion of the benefits of combining process-based water footprints with information from input--output techniques. The central theme and proposition is that environmental multi-region input--output analysis (E-MRIO) has a powerful capacity to establish the geography of embodied water, and to complement process-based approaches to WF by expanding their supply-chain coverage. Combining process and input--output information provides valuable information for a diverse set of water planning and water policy objectives. A comprehensive and systematic outline of potential policy applications of E-MRIO (and process analysis methods) is presented.

Date: 2011
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