In small island states such as Mauritius, the sustainability of water services is an urgent issue for all stakeholders such as consumer groups, civil society groups, policymakers and the water supply industry. This study applies a water-accounting system, analyzes water governance issues and makes policy recommendations for more sustainable growth and development.
The study applies a water-accounting system known as the Environmental-Economic Water Accounting for Water or SEEA-Water. It studies the demand for water in different sectors (agriculture, industry, energy, tourism and households) and its economic value to the economy, and critically analyzes the political economy of the water sector.
The study reveals several water governance issues and proposes four key policy recommendations for a more sustainable water sector: a review of the responsibilities of various water actors in Mauritius, greater autonomy for key water actors, greater transparency and information sharing, and using regional performance indicators to benchmark performance for the various water services.
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