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Taking into Account Environmental Water Requirements in Global-Scale Water Resources Assessments

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Smakhtin, Vladimir; Revenga, Carmen; Döll, Petra
Date: 2004
Agency: Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Series: Comprehensive Assessment Research Report 2
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/4649
Sector: Global Commons
Water Resource & Irrigation
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Subject(s): water resources
water management
ecosystems
river basins
Abstract: "Assessments of water availability, water use and water stress at the global scale have not explicitly considered requirements of aquatic ecosystems for water. This report summarizes results of the first pilot global assessment of the total volume of water required for the maintenance of freshwater ecosystem functions in world river basins. These volumes are referred to as Environmental Water Requirements."

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