WIT Press


Community And Socio-economic Impact Of Corporate Purchase Of Water: Lessons From Australia

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/WRM090281

Volume

125

Pages

10

Page Range

303 - 312

Published

2009

Size

255 kb

Author(s)

J. Edwards, H. Bjornlund & B. Cheers

Abstract

The introduction of water markets has caused widespread concern within irrigation communities both among irrigators and among other community members. There are two main areas of community concern. The first is associated with the export of water out of a certain location and the second is associated with the consolidation of water into larger corporate entities. This paper investigates the second area of concern. The analyses are based on extensive interviews with key informants within a community in South Australia dominated by the wine and other horticultural industries. Following the introduction of water markets this area has seen the emergence of a large number of new corporate entities or substantial expansion of existing family operations evolving into large family corporations. Keywords: water market, water trading, community impact, socioeconomic impact, corporate farming.

Keywords

water market, water trading, community impact, socioeconomic impact, corporate farming