The Environmental Costs of Water Flow Regulation: an Innovative Approach Based on the "Polluter Pays" Principle

García de Jalón González del Tánago, Silvestre and Gonzalez del Tanago del Rio, Marta and Alonso González, Carlos and García de Jalón Lastra, Diego (2017). The Environmental Costs of Water Flow Regulation: an Innovative Approach Based on the "Polluter Pays" Principle. "Water Resources Management", v. 31 (n. 9); pp. 2809-2822. ISSN 0920-4741. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11269-017-1663-0.

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Title: The Environmental Costs of Water Flow Regulation: an Innovative Approach Based on the "Polluter Pays" Principle
Author/s:
  • García de Jalón González del Tánago, Silvestre
  • Gonzalez del Tanago del Rio, Marta
  • Alonso González, Carlos
  • García de Jalón Lastra, Diego
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Water Resources Management
Date: July 2017
Volume: 31
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Environmental costs,Flow regulation,Environmental impact, Valuation, Water.
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Montes, Forestal y del Medio Natural (UPM)
Department: Sistemas y Recursos Naturales
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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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.

Funding Projects

TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
FP7282656REFORMUnspecifiedREstoring rivers FOR effective catchment Management

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Item ID: 50496
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/50496/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:50496
DOI: 10.1007/s11269-017-1663-0
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 27 Apr 2018 08:35
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2019 10:48
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