Seminar to Address Israel’s Transformation from Water Scarcity to Water Abundance

Water economist Ariel Dinar to discuss water reforms in Israel Nov. 4

Ariel Dinar

Ariel Dinar

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – As California’s historic drought continues, officials throughout the state are looking for ways to conserve and identify new sources of water. One example of a country whose policies have taken it from a position of water scarcity to water abundance is Israel.

Ariel Dinar, professor of environmental economics and policy at the University of California, Riverside, will discuss those policies on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 5:30 p.m. at the College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), 1084 Columbia Ave., Riverside. It is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested as seating is limited and may be made online or by calling (951) 827-7830.

The event is part of the ongoing Randall Lewis Seminar Series, which is presented by the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development (CSSD), a research center of the UCR School of Public Policy.

The seminar – “Dealing with Prolonged Drought and Water Scarcity: Water policy reforms that took Israel from a water-scarce to water-abundant nation” – will provide background information on the water sector in Israel and how water reforms have changed the water balance in the state.

Israel has been one of the most water-scarce countries in the world. Several recurring drought events in the past 20 years pushed the country’s water reserves to dangerously low levels. In 2000, after one of the worst droughts in its history, the nation undertook a multi-dimensional reform of its water sector, Dinar notes. The reform included a public campaign, institutional reform of water supplies and services, technological investments, seawater desalination, wastewater treatments and reuse, water pricing for conservation, and other reforms that helped the nation move past its water crisis.

Some issues regarding Israel’s reform remain, and Dinar, who returned recently from a yearlong sabbatical there, will discuss those challenges as well.

Dinar, who is known internationally as an expert on the economics of water, is the co-editor of “Water Pricing Experiences and Innovations” (Springer, 2015), which examines the experience of 15 countries where conservation has been achieved through water-pricing incentive systems. In February he was named a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, a professional organization of scholars and policy-makers who use economic tools to address agricultural, developmental, environmental, food and consumer, natural resource, regional, rural, and related economics and business issues.

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Established in 2003, the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development (CSSD) explores the social, economic, political and environmental impacts that population growth and movement has on cities and local communities. Housed in the School of Public Policy, the center facilitates interdisciplinary collaborations in the community through its staff and affiliated faculty via research, joint conferences, workshops and public forums held at UCR and in the community.

The Randall Lewis Seminar Series is an ongoing program of the CSSD generously funded by Randall Lewis, executive vice president of Upland-based Lewis Operating Cos. The seminars focus on a wide range of regional sustainability topics such as air and water resources, infrastructure and transportation planning, affordable housing and the fiscal health of cities.

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