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Economy of Water: Case study on Water Intensive Region

Mykhaylo Kunychka, Leonid Raneta

Abstract



Water intensive production is a long-term challenge for economic, environmental and social issues of particular Post-Soviet states. Intensity of water consumption by economy and households differs among the geographical regions of former USSR territory that are located in continental, semiarid, arid and subarctic climate zones. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the regional inequalities of water consumption in one of the most water intensive economy after the Soviet Union brake up. To investigate the sustainability of water consumption through evaluation of economic, social and environmental factors, we select all data-available administrative regions of Ukraine. On the basis of selected criteria, we compute the integral sustainability indicator of each administrative region. The results indicate a high regional heterogeneity in water consumption efficiency in terms of economic, social and environmental dimensions of water resources usage.

Keywords


Water resources, scarcity, sustainability, integral criterion, cluster analysis

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