The environmental costs of water flow regulation: an innovative approach based on the ‘Polluter Pays’ principle

Show simple item record Garcia de Jalon, Silvestre Gonzalez del Tanago, Marta G. Alonso, Carlos Garcia de Jalon, Diego 2017-05-15T10:41:06Z 2017-05-15T10:41:06Z 2017-04-24
dc.identifier.citation García de Jalón, S., González del Tánago, M., Alonso, C. et al. The environmental costs of water flow regulation: an innovative approach based on the ‘Polluter Pays’ principle. Water Resources Management, Vol.31. Issue 9, July 2017, pp. 2809-2822 en_UK
dc.identifier.issn 0920-4741
dc.description.abstract The EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) explicitly requires the full cost recovery of water services, including the environmental costs incurred from the damage that water uses inflict on the environment. Although flow regulation by river damming is one of the most prominent human impact on fresh water ecosystems its environmental costs are not properly included in water pricing. This paper presents a novel approach to assessing the environmental costs of flow regulation based on the polluter-pays principle. The methodology includes three steps: (i) assessing the admissible range of regulated flow variability, derived from the natural flow regime variability, (ii) estimating the daily environmental impact of regulated flows according to deviations from the admissible range of flow variability, and (iii) calculating the environmental costs of flow regulation. The procedure is applied to four river case studies in Spain, UK and Norway. The advantages over other water cost valuation methods are discussed. The methodology enlarges the current recognition of environmental costs of water use and represents a practical management tool within the WFD context, encouraging transparency and stakeholder communication. en_UK
dc.language.iso en en_UK
dc.publisher Springer en_UK
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dc.subject Environmental costs en_UK
dc.subject Flow regulation en_UK
dc.subject Environmental impact en_UK
dc.subject Valuation en_UK
dc.subject Water en_UK
dc.title The environmental costs of water flow regulation: an innovative approach based on the ‘Polluter Pays’ principle en_UK
dc.type Article en_UK

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