Stalemate of the hydrological master variable? The challenge of implementing environmental flows in the Orange-Senqu basin

Andre Mueller, Naho Mirumachi, David Tickner, Delana Louw, Derek Weston

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Abstract

In the face of declining rivers globally, the flow regime as the key hydrological determinant for healthy freshwater ecosystems is receiving unprecedented attention. This study investigates the challenge of implementing environmental flows in the Orange–Senqu basin in Southern Africa by assessing progress and its key factors during 1998 and 2013. Based on 22 interviews, the study shows that despite an advanced understanding of e-flows and its requirements, there have been effective implementation actions in only a few river systems to give effect to these e-flow requirements. Ineffective implementing institutions and a challenging basin context are more responsible than largely sufficient policies and legislation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalWATER INTERNATIONAL
Early online date10 Dec 2021
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Dec 2021

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