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Improving Economic Instruments for Water Resources Management in the Republic of Buryatia (Lake Baikal Basin) [electronic resource] / Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development [Browse]
Paris : OECD Publishing, 2016.
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Summary note:
A major challenge facing the Republic of Buryatia, subject of the Russian Federation, is how to balance the task of protecting Lake Baikal - a unique water object and ecological system included in the UNESCO list of World Natural Heritage Areas - with the need for dynamic and sustainable socio-economic development of the republic. This requires streamlining and improving water policy jointly with economic, administrative, information and other policy instruments. The recommendations in this report aim to help achieve this objective. They include the introduction of abstraction charges for irrigation water as a natural resource; enhancement of state support to the water sector; and improvement of economic instruments for managing risks of water-related hazards (such as compulsory insurance and differentiated land tax rates in flood prone areas). A few innovative instruments are also recommended for pilot testing such as establishing limits for discharges of certain hazardous substances in a pilot area (e.g. Selenga river basin) and progressive development of market for tradable quotas for discharges of the "capped" pollutants; and introducing a charge (tax) on toxic agricultural chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, etc.) and synthetic detergents so that to create incentives for the reduction of diffuse water pollution.
Foreword -- Acronyms and abbreviations -- Executive summary -- Project overview and methodology: The role of policy dialogue -- Challenges of managing water resources and water infrastructure in the Republic of Buryatia and Lake -- Streamlining goal setting and natural resources management -- Improvement of instruments for sustainable use and conservation of water resources in Buryatia -- Instruments for ensuring higher capitalisation of the Baikal Natural Area -- Enhancement of instruments for improving the efficiency of water supply and sanitation and irrigation systems in Buryatia -- Enhancing state support to the water sector in Buryatia -- Instruments for better managing risks associated with water resources in Buryatia -- Factors essential for implementing the recommendations -- Bibliography of the project -- Essential research efforts required for implementation of the recommendations -- Agendas of meetings of Inter-Agency Co‑ordinating Group set up to supervise implementation of the project -- Glossary.
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