Current water management practices have failed to achieve sustainable water for all and, at times, reinforce the imbalance of power between water users. Conflict around water often takes place quietly: more powerful actors control – either politically or economically – who gets water and when, while less powerful actors lack the ability to motivate alternative or more equitable access to water. There are many reasons for these inequities, but they often relate to misunderstandings around the value of water and its role in collective water and food security.
The SEI US Program on Water for Ecosystems and Livelihoods uses a range of economic methods to explore a more holistic understanding of the value of water that can address both sustainability and inequities.
Growing pressure on water resources and climate uncertainty call for alternatives to over-pumping aquifers. RECLAMO explores the potential of reclaimed water.
This study analyses how managed aquifer recharge might affect irrigated agriculture in California's Kings Groundwater Basin during drought.
International financing institutions must learn from past mistakes in agricultural water investment and direct their money to key promising approaches.
By showing the benefits of cooperation across national and sector boundaries, MYWAS opens the possibility of dialogues in contentious conflicts around water.