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To evaluate the state of water resources in a more analytical manner (as opposed to indicators which represent aggregated information), as well as their relation to the economy, water account’ approach provides an additionally useful tool. Water accounts focus on the quantitative assessment of the stocks and the changes in stocks which occur during the accounting period (e.g. month) and link information on the abstraction and discharge of water with information on the stocks of water resources in the environment. Thus they can describe the exchange of flows from the environment to the economy, within the economy, and from the economy to the environment allowing for the assessment of the pressure on water quantities exerted by the economy and the identification of the economic agents responsible for abstraction and discharge of water into the environment under different spatial scales.

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  • vanneru (Rudy Vannevel) 20 Aug 2012 15:25:07

    The water accounting terminology is SEEAW terminology, making distinction between physical and monetary accounts. This chapter deals with physical accounts only. The quantitative assessment of stocks and the changes in stocks (flows) of water resources is better known as a water mass balance. Also, SEEAW uses 'the economy' to indicate the human environment, not addressing the social aspects. However, it seems now preferable to use the notion 'society' to indicate the human or socio-economic environment.

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