Taking water: changing the rules of the game

Inglethorpe, Simon
January 2012
ENDS (Environmental Data Services);Jan2012, Issue 444, p26
The article discusses the prospects for licensing reform after the white paper "Water for Life" published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in Great Britain in December 2011. It says that the paper contains near-term measures to help restore sustainable water abstraction and vague plans for long-term reform of abstraction licensing. According to the paper, the current system obstructs abstraction trading when licenses are not needed at specific times of the year.


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