Artículo | 14 Jun, 2008

Flow : the essentials of environmental flows

Author(s): Dyson, Megan, ed. ; Bergkamp, Ger, ed. ; Scanlon, John, ed. ; IUCN, Water and Nature Initiative
Published: 2008
Series: WANI Toolkit
ISBN: 2-8317-0725-0

Gland : IUCN, 2008. xiii, 134p. : ill.
Order no: 2015

This guide offers practical advice for the implementation of environmental flows in the river basins of the world. It explains how to assess flow requirements, change the legal and financial framework, and involve stakeholders in negotiations. ‘Flow’ sets out a path from conflict over limited water resources and environmental degradation to a water management system that reduces poverty, ensures healthy rivers and shares water equitably.

An environmental flow is the water regime provided within a river, wetland or coastal zone to maintain ecosystems and their benefits where there are competing water uses and where flows are regulated. Pioneering efforts in South Africa, Australia and the United States have shown that the process to establish them poses great challenges. Second in the series of the Water & Nature Initiative, this guide draws extensively on the experiences in these countries to offer hands-on advice and practical guidance on technical issues for this emerging issue on the water resource agenda.

Note: Includes bibliographic references. Translation in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Chinese, Khmer, Vietnamese and Lao also available. Language versions issued separately.