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Towards a Generic Framework for the Abstraction and Utilisation of Water

UCL Environment Institute

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 from 17:00 to 19:00 (GMT)

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Towards a Generic Framework for the Abstraction and Utilisation of Water in England and Wales: A presentation by Prof Mike Young

13th February 2013, 5.00 - 6.00pm followed by a drinks reception in Pearson G07

Professor Mike Young will be presenting his recently published report in a seminar sponsored by the UCL Environment Institute. Free copies of the report will be available to all attending; a PDF copy can be downloaded here.


This Visiting Fellowship report draws upon global  experience in the development of abstraction licensing regimes in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. The Fellowship was made possible by a DEFRA decision to help fund a ten week Fellowship in partnership with University College London and the University of Adelaide.

The aim of the fellowship was to identify elements of a framework that could be used to manage the abstraction and utilisation of water in England and Wales. The Framework is indicative of the nature of the abstraction licence reforms that experience in Australia and elsewhere suggests is worthy of serious consideration.

 Executive Summary

The case for change in the way that water is allocated in England and Wales is strong.
The recent “Water for Life” white paper for England and the written paper on Water Policy in Wales identify a need to enable growing populations to cope with
unsatisfied and changing demands for access to water and changing economic circumstances.

There is also a need to put in place arrangements that encourage autonomous adjustment to the potentially adverse effects of climate change on water supplies and the need to improve the ecological status of some water ways.

In an attempt to help prepare England and Wales for these needs, this report proposes a new, more robust way to define, allocate and manage water use. The resultant framework builds upon the strengths of the existing abstraction licence and discharge permitting regime used to manage water.

Speaker Biography

Mike Young holds a Research Chair in Water and Environmental Policy at the University of Adelaide, was the Founding Executive Director of its Environment Institute, is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society. To read more click here.

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When & Where

Pearson Building, Room G07
Gower Street
WC1E London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 from 17:00 to 19:00 (GMT)

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