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Niger, a lifeline
|Author(s)||Leo Zwarts, Pieter van Beukering, Bakary Kone, Eddy Wymenga|
|Theme(s)||Water, Fisheries, Climate, Biodiversity, Agriculture|
|Method(s)||Valuation and CBA, Spatial Analysis, Regression Analysis, Economic Modelling|
SummaryWater, a source of life, forms a unique resource as well for several concurrent exploitations. Considering this, the complexity of basin management appears to be a challenge in view of which the soundness of decisions whether taken by administrators or communities involved constitutes the best guarantee for stability and harmonious development. The Niger River Basin covering practically all administrative and economical regions, represents for Mali what a vascular system means for the human body.
The aim of this study is to develop a decision-support system for effective river management in the Upper Niger, in which ecological and socio-economic impacts and benefits of dams and irrigation systems can be analysed in relation to different water management scenarios. Multidisciplinary in nature, this study draws on the fields of hydrology, ecology and environmental economics.
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