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II, V, VI

III, IV

Figure 2: Relative tradability and tenure of six entitlement categories

Figure 2: Relative tradability and tenure of six entitlement categories

5.2 Implications for Compatible Water Entitlements Arrangements

This chapter has outlined the characteristics of existing water access entitlements and proposed a new classification system to rationalize water access entitlements arrangements. It is envisaged that the water entitlements classification system has the potential to substantially improve the compatibility of all water access entitlements at a water authority jurisdiction or basin scale. The categories described in the water entitlements classification system are intended to stimulate discussion about the means of classifying and accounting for the ever-increasing array of water access entitlements. It is not a definitive statement on a new classification system at this stage. Furthermore, as the use and management of water resources can be closely linked to the form of tenure and rights held over them, the application of the classification framework to situations where, for example, customary water rights predominate, warrants further research.

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