Cost-benefit analyses

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Assessment of non-market benefits of WSUD for a residential development: a case study

Introduction Water sensitive urban design (WSUD) is an approach for planning and designing urban environments that are sensitive to water sustainability, resilience, and environmental protection. Elements of WSUD investments, such as constructed wetlands and living streams, could provide many intangible…
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  • Date Published: 19th Nov 2019

INFFEWS Value tool: Guideline (Version 1)

The purpose of this document is to provide a readily accessible guideline on how to adjust existing non-market values for application in a new context. It also provides step-by-step rules on how to use the CRCWSC Value tool. This guideline…
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  • Date Published: 17th Jun 2019

Non-market value of Singapore’s ABC Waters Program

Abstract Water sensitive urban design is being done in many countries. In Singapore, the Active, Beautiful, Clean (ABC) Waters Programme is a long-term strategic initiative of PUB, Singapore's National Water Agency, to improve the quality of water and urban liveability.…
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  • Date Published: 16th Mar 2019

Benefit Cost Analysis Tool training starts soon

What INFFEWS Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) Tool training workshop When 21 May to 20 June Where Various locations Please bring your own laptop to the training Register now Our IRP2 team has developed a comprehensive economic evaluation framework to identify…
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  • Date Published: 7th May 2019

We congratulate ICE WaRM on its Smart Water Summit

Our new partner ICE WaRM (International Centre of Excellent in Water Resources Management) and the Water Industry Alliance held the inaugural Smart Water Summit in Adelaide on 22–23 March 2018, coinciding with World Water Day. The purpose of the summit…
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  • Date Published: 5th Jun 2018

Stakeholder Needs Assessment Report

The Integrated Research Project 2: Comprehensive Economic Evaluation Framework (IRP2) is working on developing an economic evaluation framework to identify and quantify economic, environmental and community values of investments in water sensitive practices and systems. The ultimate output of the…
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  • Date Published: 20th Dec 2017

Review of non-market values of water sensitive systems and practices: An update

Urbanization is happening at a rapid rate across the world. Current urban areas cover less than 5% of the terrestrial surface. However, if the current trend in population growth continues, it has been predicted that by 2030 urban areas will…
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  • Date Published: 20th Dec 2017

Review of existing Benefit: Cost Analysis (BCA) tools relevant to water-sensitive cities

Existing literature and relevant stakeholders have been consulted to understand what tools are already being used (and by whom) and the extent of their use in decision-making processes. Existing tools for benefit-cost analysis have been reviewed to determine their suitability…
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  • Date Published: 20th Dec 2017

More than money: how multiple factors influence householder participation in at-source stormwater management

Abstract Urban stormwater run-off is a threat to stream ecosystems. New approaches to stormwater management aim to protect urban streams from such impacts, by retaining, treating and using stormwater at its source. As up to ∼50% of runoff from urban…
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  • Date Published: 6th Dec 2014

The capitalized value of rainwater tanks in the property market of Perth

Executive Summary In response to frequent water shortages, governments in Australia have encouraged home owners to install rainwater tanks, often by provision of partial funding for their installation. A simple investment analysis suggests that the net private benefits of rainwater…
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  • Date Published: 6th Jan 2017

Nonmarket valuation of water sensitive cities: current knowledge and issues

Abstract This paper presents a systematic review of the application of the economic evaluation methods that are relevant to Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD). WSUD involves integrating the urban water cycle into urban design to improve water supply and environmental…
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  • Date Published: 1st Dec 2016

CRCWSC Industry Note (2016): The real problem of hypothetical bias in the valuation of stormwater management projects

Stated preference methods provide an important means of assigning monetary values to non-market goods and services but they suffer from a significant problem: hypothetical bias. That is, people’s tendency to overstate their willingness to pay in hypothetical scenarios. However, a…
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  • Date Published: 1st Dec 2016

CRCWSC Industry Note (2016): Allowed use and security: Community preferences for new water supply sources

When considering which new water supply sources to invest in it is helpful to understand what matters to the community. For example, is the public concerned about water sources that depend on the weather or unfamiliar technologies? Is there support…
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  • Date Published: 1st Dec 2016

Ranking projects for water sensitive cities – a practical guide

Abstract Water agencies and utilities wishing to support water-sensitive projects face the challenge of deciding which of the many possible projects they should support with their limited resources. Projects vary greatly in their benefits and costs, so selecting the best…

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  • Date Published: 16th Sep 2015

The capitalized value of rainwater tanks in the property market of Perth, Australia

Abstract In response to frequent water shortages, governments in Australia have encouraged home owners to install rainwater tanks, often by provision of partial funding for their installation. A simple investment analysis suggests that the net private benefits of rainwater tanks…
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  • Date Published: 2nd Mar 2015

The value of restoring urban drains to living streams

Abstract Many urban streams have been cleared of native vegetation and converted to open drains resulting in a loss of ecological and aesthetic function. There is a growing recognition of the importance of these functions and work is being done…
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  • Date Published: 18th Mar 2016
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