Marrying unmarried literatures: The water footprint and environmental (Economic) valuation

Ben Lowe, David R. Oglethorpe, Sonal Choudhary

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In this commentary, we set out the rationale for bringing together two research fields: Water Footprint Assessment and environmental (economic) valuation, which have evolved separately. This has the potential to inform the efficient allocation of virtual water flows at a global scale. It would also address some of the aims and objectives in theWater Footprint Assessment Manual regarding the assessment of environmental impacts and their sustainability, which thus far have not been covered in the literature. We also indicate how established practice in the environmental valuation community would need to develop to facilitate productive exchange between the two fields. Finally, we outline the key developments in the non-peer reviewed grey literature that signal the merit of such an exchange.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1815
JournalWater (Switzerland)
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2018

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Funding Information:
Funding: This research was funded by The Economic and Social Research Council grant number [ES/J500215/1] and The University of Sheffield.

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  • Benefit transfer
  • Supply chain management
  • Value of water
  • Virtual water
  • Water footprint assessment

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