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Christelle Pezon The WaterTime decision aid model and the French context. WaterTime Final Conference London, UK, Nov. 25, 2005. The WaterTime decision aid model. Decisions regarding water public services should not be left to municipalities and operators

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Christelle pezon the watertime decision aid model and the french context l.jpg

Christelle PezonThe WaterTime decision aid model and the French context

WaterTime Final Conference

London, UK, Nov. 25, 2005


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The WaterTime decision aid model

  • Decisions regarding water public services should not be left to municipalities and operators

  • Other stakeholders such as users and environmental associations must be given some room

  • A decision process involving all stakeholders leads to a more sustainable decision

WaterTime Final Conference – 25 november 2005


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Why such a model is so important ?

  • Users and environmental associations are knocking at the door

    • The switch of water services from not-oriented profit services to services that should balance their expenses and theirs revenues

    • The high number of water resources conflicts involving environmental associations

  • Crisis of representation met by traditional elected local authorities

WaterTime Final Conference – 25 November 2005


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Lessons from French history of water services

  • The participation of users is not needed as long as water services are not profit oriented

  • The users are tax payers first and their interests are represented by elected authorities responsible for organising the water services

WaterTime Final Conference – 25 November 2005


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Lessons from French history of water services

  • The participation of users is required when water services have to balance their revenues and expenses

  • Municipalities can not compete on the water services market and continue to personify the users’ interests

  • Two-third of water services are governed by not-elected decision-makers

  • Even benevolent & elected public decision makers are not responsible for the environmental impacts of the decision they made regarding their water services

WaterTime Final Conference – 25 November 2005


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The development of the public sphere in France

  • The participation of users as an indicator of the development of the public sphere

  • Is the public sphere developing in France ?

  • Users' rights, responsibilities and power

WaterTime Final Conference – 25 November 2005


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