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Water Sustainability at the River Grande Basin, Brazil: An Approach Based on the Barometer of Sustainability

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National Institute for Space Research (INPE), Earth System Science Center, São José dos Campos 12227010, SP, Brazil
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Public Ministry of the State of Minas Gerais, Uberaba 38010140, MG, Brazil
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(11), 2582; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15112582
Received: 17 October 2018 / Revised: 13 November 2018 / Accepted: 13 November 2018 / Published: 19 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Environmental Science and Engineering)
Water resources are fundamental for the social and economic development of a country and sustainability is the best approach to treat water-related problems. Therefore, sustainability studies of water resources are deemed urgent. Sustainability analysis methods should enable space-temporal monitoring, decision-making, and development of policies necessary for water governance. Furthermore, sustainability analysis methods should also integrate environment and socioeconomic variables into a single system. In this context, this study aimed to assess the water sustainability conditions of the River Grande Basin (BHRG), Brazil, before the implementation of the Integrated Water Resources Plan (IWRP), using the Barometer of Sustainability tool (BS). The River Grande basin was in an “almost unsustainable” condition and under high environmental stress. A significant imbalance between environmental and human well-being in the system was also observed. To achieve an acceptable sustainability condition, it is thus necessary to improve the environmental quality of the area. Among the priority thematic area, native vegetation recovery was the most urgent. Overall, the sustainability study based on the BS not only facilitates comprehension regarding environment and human interrelationships, but also provide references for policy formulations and water management. View Full-Text
Keywords: water management; sustainable development; water governance; health environment; human well-being water management; sustainable development; water governance; health environment; human well-being
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Guidolini, J.F.; Giarolla, A.; Toledo, P.M.; Valera, C.A.; Ometto, J.P.H.B. Water Sustainability at the River Grande Basin, Brazil: An Approach Based on the Barometer of Sustainability. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 2582. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15112582

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Guidolini JF, Giarolla A, Toledo PM, Valera CA, Ometto JPHB. Water Sustainability at the River Grande Basin, Brazil: An Approach Based on the Barometer of Sustainability. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2018; 15(11):2582. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15112582

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Guidolini, Janaína Ferreira, Angélica Giarolla, Peter Mann Toledo, Carlos Alberto Valera, and Jean Pierre Henry Balbaud Ometto. 2018. "Water Sustainability at the River Grande Basin, Brazil: An Approach Based on the Barometer of Sustainability" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15, no. 11: 2582. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15112582

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