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Mining Transition and Hydropower Energy in Greece—Sustainable Governance of Water Resources Management in a Post-Lignite Era: The Case of Western Macedonia, Greece

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Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Western Macedonia, 50132 Koila Kozanis, Greece
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Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Western Macedonia, Bakola and Sialvera, 50132 Kozani, Greece
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Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ, Scotland, UK
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Department of Production and Management Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, Vasilissis Sofias 12, 67132 Xanthi, Greece
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Academic Editors: Jean-Luc Probst and Richard C. Smardon
Water 2021, 13(14), 1878; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13141878
Received: 22 May 2021 / Revised: 26 June 2021 / Accepted: 2 July 2021 / Published: 6 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water and the Ecosphere in the Anthropocene)
The present study explores the process of Greece’s current decarbonisation transition and its energy policy regarding the country’s two coal-mining areas. Using the Region of Western Macedonia as a case study, we aimed at providing a holistic approach—as until now only few attempts have been made to systematise the ‘Just Transition Plans’ in European Union (EU)—for raising awareness on issues related to water resource management in post-lignite areas and analysing the use of hydropower in Greece. Our research draws on a flexible method approach, serving as a tool to identify gaps in current knowledge and practices, based on two stages—first the analysis of existing literature, reviews, and sources from government’s core strategies, as well as policy and decision-making papers, and then formulating research questions by synthesising relevant data. In Greece, both ‘Just Transition Development Plan of Lignite Areas’ and hydropower production practices overlook water resources management. By summarising our findings and identifying gaps that remain in current approaches, this work indicates future directions by suggesting processes necessary for addressing the complex issue of adoption of sustainable water resources management measures in post-lignite eras in accordance with EU’s water policy. View Full-Text
Keywords: water management; post-lignite era; hydropower energy; innovation and international business; renewable energy resources water management; post-lignite era; hydropower energy; innovation and international business; renewable energy resources
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Farmaki, P.; Tranoulidis, A.; Kouletsos, T.; Giourka, P.; Katarachia, A. Mining Transition and Hydropower Energy in Greece—Sustainable Governance of Water Resources Management in a Post-Lignite Era: The Case of Western Macedonia, Greece. Water 2021, 13, 1878. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13141878

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Farmaki P, Tranoulidis A, Kouletsos T, Giourka P, Katarachia A. Mining Transition and Hydropower Energy in Greece—Sustainable Governance of Water Resources Management in a Post-Lignite Era: The Case of Western Macedonia, Greece. Water. 2021; 13(14):1878. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13141878

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Farmaki, Polytimi, Apostolos Tranoulidis, Thanos Kouletsos, Paraskevi Giourka, and Androniki Katarachia. 2021. "Mining Transition and Hydropower Energy in Greece—Sustainable Governance of Water Resources Management in a Post-Lignite Era: The Case of Western Macedonia, Greece" Water 13, no. 14: 1878. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13141878

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