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Special Issue "Water Resources and Sustainable Development: Social, Economic, Psychological and Educational Perspectives"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Water Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 January 2022).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Steriani K Matsiori
Guest Editor
Department of Ichthyology and Aquatic Environment, School of Agricultural Sciences, University of Thessaly, Volos, Nea Ionia 38445, Greece
Interests: environmental values; environmental economics; economic valuation of natural resources; economic analysis of water resources; sustainable management of aquatic resources; environmental values motives; environmental psychology and sociology; ecological motives; public perceptions; environmental behavior models; psychological adaptation to climate change
Prof. Dr. George Halkos
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Department of Economics, University of Thessaly, Volos, 38445 Nea Ionia, Greece
Interests: applied statistics and econometrics; simulations of economic modeling natural resource and environmental economics; applied micro-economics with emphasis in welfare economics; air pollution; game theory; mathematical models (non-linear programming)
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Dr. Anastasia Gkargkavouzi
Guest Editor
University of Thessaly, Department of Ichthyology and Aquatic Environment, School of Agricultural Sciences, Volos, Nea Ionia 38445, Greece
Interests: environmental psychology and sociology, ecological motives, public perceptions, environmental behavior models; social norms; assigned environmental values; psychological adaptation to climate change
Dr. Sophoclis E. Dritsas
Guest Editor
Department of Ichthyology and Aquatic Environment, University of Thessaly, Volos, Nea Ionia 38445, Greece
Interests: economic demography; environmental migrants; impacts of climate change in coastal zones; development and protection of coastal areas

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Water Rresource depletion is one of the most pressing issues facing human and natural systems. The availability of water resources is a condition for achieving the wellbeing of citizens. The efficient management of water resources plays a crucial role in sustainable deceloppment and in strengthening the resilience of environmental, economic, and social systems in the face of climate change. While the preponderance of research on water resource management and sustainable development comes mainly from the natural sciences, the role of psychology in understanding and addressing the problem of the efficient use of water resources is not widely recognized. Transition to a sustainable future and a sustainable economy requires an informed multidisciplinary understanding of how people experience, appraise, adapt, and respond to water resource management. Sustainable development includes an integrated water management approach that cannot be accomplished without public participation. A sustainable future requires understanding people’s perceptions of water resource management and psychological factors that influence sustainable behavior and policy support. Environmental education can help and support this effort because it aims to help people to acquire knowledge, skills, values, experiences, and gain awareness of their environment in order to act and solve present and future environmental problems. The present Special Issue deals with—but is not limted to—the integrated management of water resources, gereral issues related to sustainable development, and sociopsychological perspectives of sustainable use of water resources and climate change adaptation. This Special Issue welcomes research contributions on:

  • Technical, economic, financial, social, environmental, legal, and institutional aspects of water resources;
  • Integrated water resource management and its importance to sustainable development;
  • Role of water resource management in economic development;
  • Water management and payment for environmental services;
  • Water resource availability, climate change, immigration of people, and global injustice;
  • Water resources and economic growth;
  • Public perceptions of marine issues and management preferences;
  • Economic demography and water resources;
  • Psychological dimensions of public perceptions and appraisals related to the relationship between water resources and sustainable development;
  • Iindividual adaptation and mitigation behavioral strategies;
  • Water resources, conservation, and sustainability-related behavior;
  • Ocean literacy and education: principles and concepts of ocean science;
  • Development impacts of improved water resource management;
  • People’s evaluation of climate change adaptation policies at a local and country level for water resource management for a sustainable development.

Dr. Steriani K Matsiori
Prof. Dr. George Halkos
Dr. Anastasia Gkargkavouzi
Dr. Sophoclis E. Dritsas
Guest Editors

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  • integrated water resource management
  • water resource economics
  • psychological dimensions of public perceptions
  • psychological adaptation
  • public perceptions of water resource management
  • water resource availability and climate change
  • economic demography and water resources
  • εnvironmental education
  • sustainability
  • sustainable use of water resources
  • public participation
  • social mobilization
  • water resources and economics

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Changes in the Water Resources of Selected Lakes in Poland in the Period 1916–2020 as Information to Increase Their Availability
Sustainability 2021, 13(13), 7298; - 29 Jun 2021
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The historical effects of land development on water management currently require a new approach, in many cases involving attempts at the restoration of the quasi-natural state. This is evident in reference to many regions in Poland, where the hydrographic network has been diminishing [...] Read more.
The historical effects of land development on water management currently require a new approach, in many cases involving attempts at the restoration of the quasi-natural state. This is evident in reference to many regions in Poland, where the hydrographic network has been diminishing over the centuries, among others in favour of obtaining new agricultural land. Such activities overlap with natural processes causing transformations of the hydrosphere. The most serious problems currently include water deficits resulting from climate change and human activity. This paper employed archival bathymetric maps from the beginning of the 20th century for the determination of the scale of changes in the morphometric parameters of six lakes in western Poland. It was determined that over a period of more than a hundred years, the surface area (12.2%) and original volume of water bodies (13.9%) were largely reduced. This situation was caused by both natural (overgrowing and shallowing) and anthropogenic (change in water level) factors. The obtained information points to the need of an inventory of historical bathymetric maps of lakes. In combination with modern research, this will allow for the determination of changes in the water resources of lakes and, in a longer-term perspective, potential possibilities of their renaturisation. This knowledge is important in the context of the reconstruction of water resources in the territory of Poland, where their deficits are recorded increasingly frequently. It should also be emphasised that the restoration of the natural capacity of water retention in lakes is a more economical solution and, most importantly, it is not invasive for the environment. Full article
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