Sustainable river basin management: A dynamic model

Paula Antão Da Silva, J. S. Rocha, Paula Antunes, Rui Ferreira dos Santos, Daniel Borrego

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Abstract

Beyond tools to support the conceptualization and the operation of systems to respond to water demand in adequate quantity and quality at reasonable costs, what is needed nowadays are tools that include not only these important technical and economical aspects but also consider the social and ecological dimensions of water resources management in a sustainable perspective, within a river basin. A dynamic model able to integrate quantitative and qualitative data and relationships between technical, ecological, economic and social driving forces, typical of water resources management problems, is under development. Knowing how these cause-effect relationships impact water and water-dependent resources, a set of exploratory scenarios may be evaluated. This framework relies upon the active involvement of all affected parties - the stakeholders in a number of workshops and is being applied to the Arade river basin, in the Southwest of Portugal. Such a tool may be a valuable contribution for the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive in Portugal, in particular for the production of management plans for each river basin by 2009. This will support the formulation of sustainable governance strategies for the river basin.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Conference on River Basin Management - Progress Towards Implementation of the European Water Framework Directive
Pages151-161
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventConference on River Basin Management - Progress Towards Implementation of the European Water Framework Directive - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 19 May 200520 May 2005

Conference

ConferenceConference on River Basin Management - Progress Towards Implementation of the European Water Framework Directive
CountryHungary
CityBudapest
Period19/05/0520/05/05

Keywords

  • Water resources management
  • Cause-effect relationships
  • Driving forces
  • Economical aspects
  • European Water Framework Directive
  • Management plans
  • Portugal
  • Qualitative data
  • River basin management
  • River basins
  • Water demand

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    Da Silva, P. A., Rocha, J. S., Antunes, P., Ferreira dos Santos, R., & Borrego, D. (2005). Sustainable river basin management: A dynamic model. In Proceedings of the Conference on River Basin Management - Progress Towards Implementation of the European Water Framework Directive (pp. 151-161)