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  • External authors:
  • Emmanuel Obuobie
  • Marloes Mul
  • Laetitia Pettinotti
  • Solomon H. Gebrechorkos
  • Justin Sheffield
  • James Dalton
  • D. Mark Smith

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Quantifying Cooperation Benefits for New Dams in Transboundary Water Systems Without Formal Operating Rules. / Gonzalez, Jose M.; Matrosov, Evgenii S.; Obuobie, Emmanuel; Mul, Marloes; Pettinotti, Laetitia; Gebrechorkos, Solomon H.; Sheffield, Justin; Bottacin-busolin, Andrea; Dalton, James; Smith, D. Mark; Harou, Julien J.

In: Frontiers in Environmental Science, Vol. 9, 596612, 07.05.2021.

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Gonzalez, JM, Matrosov, ES, Obuobie, E, Mul, M, Pettinotti, L, Gebrechorkos, SH, Sheffield, J, Bottacin-busolin, A, Dalton, J, Smith, DM & Harou, JJ 2021, 'Quantifying Cooperation Benefits for New Dams in Transboundary Water Systems Without Formal Operating Rules', Frontiers in Environmental Science, vol. 9, 596612. https://doi.org/10.3389/fenvs.2021.596612

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Gonzalez, J. M., Matrosov, E. S., Obuobie, E., Mul, M., Pettinotti, L., Gebrechorkos, S. H., Sheffield, J., Bottacin-busolin, A., Dalton, J., Smith, D. M., & Harou, J. J. (2021). Quantifying Cooperation Benefits for New Dams in Transboundary Water Systems Without Formal Operating Rules. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 9, [596612]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fenvs.2021.596612

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Gonzalez JM, Matrosov ES, Obuobie E, Mul M, Pettinotti L, Gebrechorkos SH et al. Quantifying Cooperation Benefits for New Dams in Transboundary Water Systems Without Formal Operating Rules. Frontiers in Environmental Science. 2021 May 7;9. 596612. https://doi.org/10.3389/fenvs.2021.596612

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Gonzalez, Jose M. ; Matrosov, Evgenii S. ; Obuobie, Emmanuel ; Mul, Marloes ; Pettinotti, Laetitia ; Gebrechorkos, Solomon H. ; Sheffield, Justin ; Bottacin-busolin, Andrea ; Dalton, James ; Smith, D. Mark ; Harou, Julien J. / Quantifying Cooperation Benefits for New Dams in Transboundary Water Systems Without Formal Operating Rules. In: Frontiers in Environmental Science. 2021 ; Vol. 9.

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abstract = "New dams impact downstream ecosystems and water infrastructure; without cooperative and adaptive management, negative impacts can manifest. In large complex transboundary river basins without well codified operating rules and extensive historical data, it can be difficult to assess the benefits of cooperating, in particular in relation to new dams. This constitutes a barrier to harmonious development of river basins and could contribute to water conflict. This study proposes a generalised framework to assess the benefits of cooperation on the management of new dams in water resource systems that do not have formal sharing arrangements. Benefits are estimated via multi-criteria comparison of historical reservoir operations (usually relatively uncooperative) vs. adopting new cooperative rules which would achieve the best results for riparian countries as evaluated by a water resources simulator and its performance metrics. The approach is applied to the Pwalugu Multipurpose Dam (PMD), which is being built in Ghana in the Volta river basin. The PMD could impact downstream ecosystems and infrastructure in Ghana and could itself be impacted by how the existing upstream Bagre Dam is managed in Burkina Faso. Results show that with cooperation Ghana and Burkina Faso could both increase energy production although some ecosystem services loss would need to be mitigated. The study confirms that cooperative rules achieve higher overall benefits compared to seeking benefits only for individual dams or countries.",
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