Regional partnerships to assist public-private investments in irrigation systems

Khan, Shahbaz and Mushtaq, Shahbaz (2009) Regional partnerships to assist public-private investments in irrigation systems. Agricultural Water Management, 96 (5). 839 -846. ISSN 0378-3774

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Abstract

Public–private partnerships have been implemented throughout the world since the 1970s with mixed results. This is mainly due to the lack of long run commitments from governments and other parties involved, lack of scientific understanding regarding clear short term and long-term potential biophysical and socio-economic, policy and legal consequences, and lack of trust between the partners. We present a Regional Irrigation Business Partnership (RIBP) model, which is capable of efficiently utilising research output and government policies for sustainable public–private irrigation planning and investment. Unlike other public–private partnership models, the RIBP is based on robust assessment of biophysical, hydrologic, socio-economic, political and legal aspects of water management. The RIBP model provides a crucial link between research and infrastructure investments while minimising short-term and long-term risks. The business investment framework involves iterative feedback from research and policy for identifying markets, defining products and establishing a legislatively and institutionally acceptable route to market as part of the feasibility assessment process. The RIBP model is based on the principle that sharing risks, rewards, and responsibilities coupled with sufficient investment incentives will motivate actors in water management to invest in irrigation infrastructure that saves water and generates better outcomes for the environment.We describe application of the RIBP model in the Coleambally Irrigation Area in New South Wales, Australia.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Depositing User: Dr Shahbaz Mushtaq
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - No Department
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2010 12:06
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2014 06:29
Uncontrolled Keywords: public–private business model; irrigation infrastructure investment; agricultural policy; regional irrigation business; business partners; Coleambally Irrigation Area
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140205 Environment and Resource Economics
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140299 Applied Economics not elsewhere classified
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070101 Agricultural Land Management
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919999 Economic Framework not elsewhere classified
B Economic Development > 90 Commercial Services and Tourism > 9002 Property, Business Support Services and Trade > 900201 Administration and Business Support Services
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1016/j.agwat.2008.11.007
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/5489

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