Special Issue "Feature Papers of Water Resources Management, Policy and Governance"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Water Resources Management, Policy and Governance".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Athanasios Loukas
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Prof. Dr. Luis Garrote
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Department of Civil Engineering: Hydraulics, Energy and Environment, Technical University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Interests: hydrodynamic modeling; water resources; hydrology; vulnerability; climate change; quantitative assessment
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Dear Colleagues,

Water resource management includes consideration of all disciplines of hydrology and water sources. Water supplies are allocated and diverted to cover water needs of a range of agricultural, municipal, industrial, hydroelectrical, and ecological water uses. Most of the time, these water uses are very compatitive, as the available water resources are limited and it is not possible to cover the total water needs in a hydrological basin, requiring to set water use priorities in a way that serves societal and ecological needs. To manage the water resources and the waterworks constructed to make good use of water may, sometimes, lead to confrontational deliberations and negotiations. As a result, water resource management is one of the world’s greatest challenges due to competition for limited resources, regional disparities in water supply and affluence, mounting global water demand, aquifer depletion, and pollution- and climate-change-induced water stress. Proper policy and governance for integrated sustainable water resource management is essential in a basin and requires new fresh ideas, innovation, and international cooperation.

This Special Issue aims to include papers by invited reputable researchers and engineers to cover issues of water resource management, governance, and policy. These issues may include the following topics:

  • Integrated water resource management;
  • Management of water resource systems and water availability;
  • Monitoring and protection of water resources;
  • National and international water policy, institutional arrangements, and water law;
  • Water economics and commercialization of water;
  • Water conflict resolution, public participation, and decision making;
  • Water resource management, policy and governance in socially and environmentally sensitive areas and regions.

Prof. Dr. Athanasios Loukas
Prof. Dr. Luis Garrote
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • water resource management
  • governance
  • policy
  • water economics
  • conflict resolution
  • protection of water resources
  • social and environmental sustainability

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Conflicts in Implementing Environmental Flows for Small-Scale Hydropower Projects and Their Potential Solutions—A Case from Fujian Province, China
Water 2021, 13(18), 2461; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13182461 - 07 Sep 2021
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Releasing environmental flows is a valuable strategy for mitigating negative impacts of small-scale hydropower projects on river and riparian ecosystems. However, maintaining environmental flows has faced considerable resistance from different stakeholders, and previous studies have failed to appropriately investigate solutions. Here, online questionnaires [...] Read more.
Releasing environmental flows is a valuable strategy for mitigating negative impacts of small-scale hydropower projects on river and riparian ecosystems. However, maintaining environmental flows has faced considerable resistance from different stakeholders, and previous studies have failed to appropriately investigate solutions. Here, online questionnaires and interviews were conducted among small-scale hydropower project owners, government administrators, and the public in Fujian Province, China. The results showed that the major hindrance to implementing environmental flows was the potential economic loss resulting from reductions in electricity production, stakeholders’ skepticism, technical difficulties, and a lack of the government supervision. Diversion-type projects pose the largest losses of electricity production after the release of environmental flows, and by adopting a 10% of mean annual flow as minimum target, most small-scale hydropower projects obtain low marginal profits without compensation. Here, we proposed an appropriate payment for ecosystem services by introducing an economic compensation program for different types of small-scale hydropower projects scaled by potential losses in electricity generation. Under such a scheme, economic losses from a reduction in electricity production are covered by the government, hydropower project owners, and electricity consumers. Our study offers recommendations for policymakers, officials, and researchers for conflict mitigation when implementing environmental flows. Full article
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The Role of Water Supply Development in the Earth System
Water 2020, 12(12), 3349; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12123349 - 29 Nov 2020
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The ANEMI model is an integrated assessment model of global change that emphasizes the role of water resources. Securing water resources for the future is a key issue of global change and ties into global systems of population growth, climate change carbon cycle, [...] Read more.
The ANEMI model is an integrated assessment model of global change that emphasizes the role of water resources. Securing water resources for the future is a key issue of global change and ties into global systems of population growth, climate change carbon cycle, hydrologic cycle, economy, energy production, land use and pollution generation. The focus of the presented work is on the development of global water supplies necessary to keep pace with a growing population and global economy. With the structure of the ANEMI model, a series of experiments are conducted in order to assess: (i) the current role of water supply in the global Earth system; (ii) the level of water stress that can be expected in the future; and (iii) what are the potential effects of water quality on global surface water supply and the distribution of water supply types. The results of model simulations show that surface water resources were sufficient to meet the water demand and water quality is not shown to be a significant factor for the development of surface water supplies. Due to globally aggregated scale, these impacts are averaged and likely understated. Full article
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Institutional Framework for Modeling Water Availability and Allocation
Water 2020, 12(10), 2767; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12102767 - 04 Oct 2020
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Effective water resources management requires assessments of water availability within a framework of complex institutions and infrastructure employed to manage extremely variable stream flow shared by numerous, often competing, water users and diverse types of use. The Water Rights Analysis Package (WRAP) modeling [...] Read more.
Effective water resources management requires assessments of water availability within a framework of complex institutions and infrastructure employed to manage extremely variable stream flow shared by numerous, often competing, water users and diverse types of use. The Water Rights Analysis Package (WRAP) modeling system is fundamental to water allocation and planning in the state of Texas in the United States. Integration of environmental flow standards into both the modeling system and comprehensive statewide water management is a high priority for continuing research and development. The public domain WRAP software and documentation are generalized for application any place in the world. Lessons learned in developing and implementing the modeling system in Texas are relevant worldwide. The modeling system combines: (1) detailed simulation of water right systems, interstate compacts, international treaties, federal/state/local agreements, and operations of storage and conveyance facilities, (2) simulation of river system hydrology, and (3) statistical frequency and reliability analyses. The continually evolving modeling system has been implemented in Texas by a water management community that includes the state legislature, planning and regulatory agencies, river authorities, water districts, cities, industries, engineering consulting firms, and university researchers. The shared modeling system contributes significantly to integration of water allocation, planning, system operations, and research. Full article
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