All-in-Auction (AiA) for water make it easier for existing water users to reallocate scarce water among themselves, without losing their (traditional/formal) property rights.

How AIAs work:

– Water rights must be quantified and assigned to individuals. These permanent rights will be associated with temporary annual flows.
– The known quantity of flows are put into an auction (“all-in”).
– Those flows are allocated to high bidders; the price they pay depends on everyone’s bids.
– Auction revenue goes to owners of rights.


This webpage  has links to video, powerpoint, popular and academic descriptions of All-in-Auction.

Objectives and beneficiaries

Maximize water use efficiency among farmers while maintaining fairness

Strong points of the practice

Transparent allocation, efficiency, fairness

Expected results and benefits for climate change adaptation and mitigation

Improves food/fiber production at lowest costs among existing WUAs

Replicability potential of the practice

Yes, everywhere. It requires water accounting and basic auction techniques

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