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The Water Resource Implications of Changing Climate in the Volta River Basin

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Type: Working Paper
Author: McCartney, Matthew; Forkuor, Gerald; Sood, Aditya; Amisigo, Barnabas; Hattermann, Fred; Muthuwatta, Lal
Date: 2012
Agency: International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Colombo, Sri Lanka
Series: IWMI Research Report no. 146
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9089
Sector: Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: Africa
Subject(s): water resources
climate change
river basins
Abstract: "The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has published a paper examining the potential impacts of climate change on food and energy production in the Volta River Basin. The Volta River supplies the water needs of more than 24 million people in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali and Togo. It also hosts a number of major water management and hydropower development projects, such as the Akosombo Dam in Ghana and Lake Volta, the world’s fourth largest reservoir by volume. The IWMI report uses climate and hydrological modelling to identify and quantify the potential threat that climate change poses to existing and planned development projects."

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