Assessing the Performance of International Water Management at Lake Titicaca

Aquatic Sciences, Vol. 68, No. 4, pp. 502-516, 2006

29 Pages Posted: 11 May 2006 Last revised: 26 Aug 2013

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Jorg Rieckermann

Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology

Helge Daebel

Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology

Mariska Ronteltap

Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology

Thomas Bernauer

ETH Zurich

Date Written: April 1, 2006

Abstract

In this article, we study the performance of international water management at Lake Titicaca in order to assess the empirical applicability of a new concept for measuring policy performance. This performance measurement concept (PER) is a function of three variables: optimum performance (OP), actual performance (AP), and counterfactual performance (CP). In examining the joint management of Lake Titicaca by Bolivia and Peru we identify practical difficulties in applying PER and suggest extensions of the concept to assess uncertainty. We find that this measurement concept has several advantages: it takes into account counterfactual performance; the analysis can be performed in a structured, standardized, and transparent manner; and the formal framework allows for an assessment of uncertainty. Problems in applying the concept include: choice of attributes, identification of optimum performance, time-scale, and subjectivity of information. We conclude that, on balance, this approach is superior to other policy performance assessment measures developed to date.

Keywords: Performance, International, Water, Management, Titicaca, Uncertainty

Suggested Citation

Rieckermann, Jorg and Daebel, Helge and Ronteltap, Mariska and Bernauer, Thomas, Assessing the Performance of International Water Management at Lake Titicaca (April 1, 2006). Aquatic Sciences, Vol. 68, No. 4, pp. 502-516, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=900485 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.900485

Jorg Rieckermann

Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology

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Helge Daebel

Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology

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CH -8600 Duebendorf
Switzerland

Mariska Ronteltap

Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology

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CH -8600 Duebendorf
Switzerland

Thomas Bernauer (Contact Author)

ETH Zurich ( email )

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