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Transboundary Water Resources Management: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Jacques Ganoulis (Editor), Alice Aureli (Editor), Jean Fried (Editor)
ISBN: 978-3-527-33014-0
417 pages
October 2011
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Based on an international symposium addressing a key issue in global development, this reference includes both the latest methodologies for and practical examples of effective management of transboundary water resources. Its multidisciplinary approach combines hydrology and environmental science with economic and political approaches, in line with new UNESCO and EU recommendations, which have been formulated and implemented with the active involvement of all three editors.
By providing a theoretical framework as well as abundant case studies from southern Europe, Africa, Asia and South America, this handbook provides hydrologists, geologists, engineers and decision-makers with all the knowledge they need for their daily work.
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Foreword V

Preface XXI

List of Contributors XXV

1 Introduction and Structure of the Book 1
Jacques Ganoulis

1.1 Part I – A Global View 2

1.2 Part II – Physical, Environmental and Technical Approaches 2

1.3 Part III – Legal, Socio-Economic and Institutional Approaches 3

1.4 Part IV – Bridging the Gaps 4

Part One A Global View 7

2 Transboundary Water Resources Management: Needs for a Coordinated Multidisciplinary Approach 9
Jacques Ganoulis and Jean Fried

2.1 Introduction 9

2.2 Assessment and Management of Transboundary Waters 14

2.3 The Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Process 19

2.4 Capacity Building and Human Potential: The Role of Education 20

2.5 Conclusions 23

3 Global Challenges and the European Paradigm 27

3.1 Towards Integrated Management of Transboundary River Basins over the World 27
Jean-François Donzier

3.2 Antarctic Subglacial Lakes and Waters: The Challenge to Protect a Hidden Resource 35
Lilian Del Castillo-Laborde

3.3 Progressive Development of International Groundwater Law: Awareness and Cooperation 39
Raya Marina Stephan

3.4 The Role of Key International Water Treaties in the Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity 45
Sabine Brels, David Coates and Flavia Rocha Loures

3.5 The European Union Water Framework Directive, a Driving Force for Shared Water Resources Management 52
Elpida Kolokytha

3.6 Transfer of Integrated Water Resources Management Principles to Non-European Union Transboundary River Basins 61
Katharina Kober, Guido Vaes, Natacha Jacquin, Jacques Ganoulis, Francesca Antonelli, Kamal Karaa, Samir Rhaouti and Pierre Strosser

3.7 Implementation of the Water Framework Directive Concepts at the Frontiers of Europe for Transboundary Water Resources Management 67
Didier Pennequin and Hubert Machard de Gramont

3.8 Implementation of the European Union Water Framework Directive in Non-EU Countries: Serbia in the Danube River Basin 75
Dragana Ninkovic, Marina Babic Mladenovic, Miodrag Milovanovic, Milan Dimkic and Dragana Milovanovic

3.9 Basic Problems and Prerequisites Regarding Transboundary Integrated Water Resources Management in South East Europe: The Case of the River Evros/Maritza/Meriç 80
Stylianos Skias, Andreas Kallioras and Fotis Pliakas

Part Two Physical, Environmental and Technical Approaches 87

4 Transboundary Aquifers 89

4.1 Towards a Methodology for the Assessment of Internationally Shared Aquifers 89
Neno Kukuric, Jac van der Gun and Slavek Vasak

4.2 Challenges in Transboundary Karst Water Resources Management – Sharing Data and Information 95
Ognjen Bonacci

4.3 The Importance of Modelling as a Tool for Assessing Transboundary Groundwaters 101
Irina Polshkova

4.4 Hydrogeological Characterization of the Yrenda–Toba–Tarijeño Transboundary Aquifer System, South America 109
Ofelia Tujchneider, Marcela Perez, Marta Paris and Mónica D.Elia

4.5 The State of Understanding on Groundwater Recharge for the Sustainable Management of Transboundary Aquifers in the Lake Chad Basin 116
Benjamin Ngounou Ngatcha and Jacques Mudry

4.6 Development, Management and Impact of Climate Change on Transboundary Aquifers of Indus Basin 123
Devinder Kumar Chadha

4.7 Natural Background Levels for Groundwater in the Upper Rhine Valley 131
Frank Wendland, Georg Berthold, Adriane Blum, Hans-Gerhard Fritsche, Ralf Kunkel and Rüdiger Wolter

4.8 Hydrogeological Study of Somes-Szamos Transboundary Alluvial Aquifer 136
Radu Drobot, Peter Szucs, Serge Brouyere, Marin-Nelu Minciuna, Lászlò Lenart and Alain Dassargues

4.9 Towards Sustainable Management of Transboundary Hungarian–Serbian Aquifer 143
Zoran Stevanovic, Péter Kozák, Milojko Lazic, János Szanyi, Du4san Polom4cic, Balázs Kovács, József Török, Sasa Milanovic, Bojan Hajdin and Petar Papic

4.10 Transboundary Groundwater Resources Extending over Slovenian Territory 149
Petra Meglic and Joerg Prestor

5 Transboundary Lakes and Rivers 155

5.1 Do We Have Comparable Hydrological Data for Transboundary Cooperation? 155
Zsuzsanna Buzás

5.2 Limnological and Palaeolimnological Research on Lake Maggiore as a Contribution to Transboundary Cooperation Between Italy and Switzerland 160
Rosario Mosello, Roberto Bertoni and Piero Guilizzoni

5.3 Monitoring in Shared Waters: Developing a Transboundary Monitoring System for the Prespa Park 167
Miltos Gletsos and Christian Perennou

5.4 Integrated Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System Techniques for Improving Transboundary Water Management: The Case of Prespa Region 174
Marianthi Stefouli, Eleni Charou, Alexei Kouraev and Alkis Stamos

5.5 Transboundary Integrated Water Management of the Kobilje Stream Watershed 180
Mitja Brilly, Stanka Koren, Joz^ef Novak and Zsuzsanna Engi

5.6 Climate Change Impacts on Dams Projects in Transboundary River Basins. The Case of the Mesta/Nestos River Basin, Greece 185
Charalampos Skoulikaris, Jean-Marie Monget and Jacques Ganoulis

5.7 Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources in the Vjosa Basin 191
Miriam Ndini and Eglantina Demiraj

5.8 Identification and Typology of River Water Bodies in the Hellenic Part of the Strymonas River Basin, as a Transboundary Case Study 199
Ioannis Chronis, Maria Lazaridou, Efthalia Lazaridou, Thomas K. Alexandridis, George Zalidis and Nikolaos Tsotsolis

5.9 Calculation of Sediment Reduction at the Outlet of the Mesta/Nestos River Basin caused by the Dams 205
Manolia Andredaki, Vlassios Hrissanthou and Nikolaos Kotsovinos

5.10 Methodologies of Estimation of Periodicities of River Flow and its Long-Range Forecast: The Case of the Transboundary Danube River 214
Alexey V. Babkin

Part Three Legal, Socio-Economic and Institutional Approaches 221

6 Legal Approaches 223

6.1 The Law of Transboundary Aquifers: Scope and Rippling Effects 223
Lilian Del Castillo-Laborde

6.2 Water Management Policies to Reduce over Allocation of Water Rights in the Rio Grande/Bravo Basin 231
Samuel Sandoval-Solis, Daene C. McKinney and Rebecca L. Teasley

6.3 Interstate Collaboration in the Aral Sea Basin – Successes and Problems 237
Viktor A. Dukhovny and Galina Stulina

6.4 Kidron Valley/Wadi Nar International Master Plan 242
Richard Laster

6.5 The Development of Transboundary Cooperation in the Prespa Lakes Basin 247
Daphne Mantziou and Miltos Gletsos

6.6 International Relations and Environmental Security: Conflict or Cooperation? Contrasting the Cases of the Maritza-Evros-Meriç and Mekong Transboundary Rivers 253
Sotiris Petropoulos and Anastasios Valvis

6.7 Delineation of Water Resources Regions to Promote Integrated Water Resources Management and Facilitate Transboundary Water Conflicts Resolution 261
Ana Carolina Coelho, Darrell Fontane, Evan Vlachos and Rodrigo Maia

6.8 Transboundary Water Resources and Determination of Hydrologic Prefectures in Greece 268
Evangelos A. Baltas

7 Socio-Economic and Institutional Approaches 275

7.1 Social–Ecological Resilience of Transboundary Watershed Management: Institutional Design and Social Learning 275
Anne Browning-Aiken and Barbara J. Morehouse

7.2 How Stakeholder Participation and Partnerships Could Reduce Water Insecurities in Shared River Basins 280
Elena Nikitina, Louis Lebel, Vladimir Kotov and Bach Tan Sinh

7.3 Transboundary Stakeholder Analysis to Develop the Navigational Sector of the Parana River 287
André Hernandes

7.4 Cooperation in the Navigable Course of the Sava River 292
Dragan Dolinaj and Milana Pantelic´

7.5 Transboundary Cooperation through the Management of Shared Natural Resources: The Case of the Shkoder/Skadar Lake 299
Djana Bejko and Brilanda Bushati

7.6 How Far is the Current Status of the Transboundary Shkodra Lake from Requirements for Integrated River Basin Management? 304
Spase Shumka, Udaya Sekhar Nagothu, Eva Skarbøvik, Andrej Perovic and Sotir Mali

7.7 Economic Governance and Common Pool Management of Transboundary Water Resources 311
Bo Appelgren

7.8 Water Resources Management in the Rio Grande/Bravo Basin Using Cooperative Game Theory 317
Rebecca L. Teasley and Daene C. McKinney

7.9 Conflict Resolution in Transboundary Waters: Incorporating Water Quality in Negotiations 323
Eleni Eleftheriadou and Yannis Mylopoulos

7.10 The Johnston Plan in a Negotiated Solution for the Jordan Basin 329
Majed Atwi Saab and Julio Sánchez Chóliz

Part Four Bridging the Gaps 341

8 Capacity Building and Sharing the Risks/Benefits for Conflict Resolution 343

8.1 Capacity Building and Training for Transboundary Groundwater Management: The Contribution of UNESCO 343
Jean Fried

8.2 A Risk-Based Integrated Framework for Conflict Resolution in Transboundary Water Resources Management 352
Jacques Ganoulis and Lena Salame

9 The Thessaloniki Statement 369

Index 371

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Jacques Ganoulis is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece). He holds a PhD from the University of Toulouse (France) and has been a visiting scholar at the Universities of Erlangen (Germany), McGill (Canada), Melbourne (Australia), and Paris VI. He is the coordinator of the UNESCO International Network of Water-Environment Centres for the Balkans (INWEB).

Alice Aureli is the UNESCO Programme Specialist in charge of projects and studies related to aquifer systems and groundwater resources management, based in Paris (France). She graduated from the University of Catania (Italy) and obtained her postgraduate diploma in Hydrogeology from the University of Barcelona (Spain). She obtained her PhD degree in geochemistry from the University of Palermo in 1988.

Jean Fried manages the UNESCO-IHP ISARM project on transboundary groundwater education and training. He is currently a visiting scholar at the University of California at Irvine (USA).
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“This book makes an significant contribution to the library on this important subject.”  (Water International, 2012)

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