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Compensation for Agricultural Economic Losses Caused by Restoration of Healthy Eco-Hydrological Sequences of Rivers

by Bo Cheng 1, Huaien Li 1,*, Siyu Yue 1,2 and Kang Huang 1
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State Key Laboratory of Eco-Hydraulics in Northwest Arid Region of China, Xi’an University of Technology, Xi’an 710048, China
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College of Chemical and Environmental Science, Shaanxi University of Technology, Hanzhong 723000, China
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Water 2019, 11(6), 1155; https://doi.org/10.3390/w11061155
Received: 13 April 2019 / Revised: 14 May 2019 / Accepted: 30 May 2019 / Published: 1 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Water Resources Management and Governance)
The rational allocation of ecological and economic water is a topic of high interest for water resource sciences. Taking into consideration the difficulties to maintain the basic ecologic functions of rivers, we propose a calculation model for compensation for agricultural economic losses by restoration of the healthy eco-hydrological sequences of rivers. Firstly, healthy eco-hydrological sequence of rivers was constructed by assessing the response relationship between hydrological processes and ecological functions of ecological base flow of rivers. Following, the ecological water shortage was analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively. Finally, the compensation for agricultural economic losses caused by restoration of healthy eco-hydrological sequence of rivers was calculated. Taking the Baoji section of the Weihe River as a case study, compensation for agricultural economic losses caused by the recovery of the healthy eco-hydrological sequence of rivers were calculated and further analyzed. The results show that the current water diversion in the area of study is excessive and the ecological water shortage is relatively obvious. The compensation for agricultural economic losses caused by the recovery of healthy eco-hydrological sequence of rivers mainly focus on the non-flood season, which is up to 218 million yuan for 2009 year. View Full-Text
Keywords: compensation; agricultural economics losses; ecological functions; the ecological base flow of rivers; healthy eco-hydrological sequences of rivers; Weihe River compensation; agricultural economics losses; ecological functions; the ecological base flow of rivers; healthy eco-hydrological sequences of rivers; Weihe River
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Cheng, B.; Li, H.; Yue, S.; Huang, K. Compensation for Agricultural Economic Losses Caused by Restoration of Healthy Eco-Hydrological Sequences of Rivers. Water 2019, 11, 1155.

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