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Application of the water poverty index at different scales: a cautionary tale
Water International
  • Caroline A Sullivan, Southern Cross University
  • Jeremy R Meigh, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford, Oxfordshire
  • P Lawrence, Keele University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2006
Peer Reviewed
Peer-Reviewed
Abstract
The Water Poverty Index is an integrated tool developed on the basis of extensive consultation with a range of scientists, practitioners and policymakers. It is primarily designed for use at the community level to enable more holistic water-resource assessments on a site-specific basis. It can however be applied at different scales to suit different needs. One of the motivations to design such a tool was an attempt to move away from the conventional, purely deterministic, approaches to water assessment, relying primarily on models and large-scale data. In today's world such an approach is inappropriate, ill representing the complexities of modern water-allocation decisions where economic, political and social issues all have a powerful role to play. This paper highlights some applications of the Water Poverty Index at different spatial scales and discusses the implications of applying indicators at these different scales.
Citation Information

Sullivan, CA, Meigh, JR & Lawrence, P 2006, 'Application of the water poverty index at different scales: a cautionary tale', Water International, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 412-426.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02508060608691942