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Title (Primary) Challenges for science-based IWRM implementation in Mongolia: experiences from the Kharaa River Basin
Title (Secondary) Water and environment in the Selenga-Baikal Basin : international research cooperation for an ecoregion of global relevance
Author Karthe, D.; Heldt, S.;
Publisher Karthe, D.; Chalov, S.R.; Kasimov, N.S.; Kappas, M.;
Journal Erdsicht : Einblicke in geographische und geoinformationstechnische Arbeitsweisen
Year 2015
Department ASAM; FLOEK;
Volume 23
Language englisch;
POF III (all) T32;
UFZ wide themes RU2;
UFZ inventory Magdeburg, Bibliothek, 00504911, 16-0175 MA : Bi 22
Abstract Like its central Asian neighbors, highly continental Mongolia is not only a waterscarce but also a data-scarce country with regard to environmental information. At the same time, regional effects of global climate change, major land use changes, a booming mining sector and growing cities with insufficient and decaying
water and wastewater infrastructures result in an increasingly unsustainable exploitation and contamination of ground and surface water resources putting at risk both aquatic ecosystems and human health.
For the mesoscale (15.000 kmĀ²) model region of the Kharaa River Basin (KRB), we investigated (1) the current state of aquatic ecosystems, water availability and quality; (2) past and expected future trends in these fields and their drivers; (3) water governance structures and their recent reforms; (4) technical
and non-technical interventions as potential components of an IWRM. By now, the KRB is recognized as one of the most intensively studied river basins of the country, and considered a model region for science-based water resources management by the Mongolian government which recently adopted the IWRM concept in its National Water Program. Based on the scientific results and practical experiences from a six-years project in the KRB, the potentials and limitations of IWRM implementation in similarly data-scarce regions are discussed.
ID 16577
Persistent UFZ Identifier http://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=16577
Karthe, D., Heldt, S. (2015):
Challenges for science-based IWRM implementation in Mongolia: experiences from the Kharaa River Basin
In: Karthe, D., Chalov, S.R., Kasimov, N.S., Kappas, M. (eds.)
Water and environment in the Selenga-Baikal Basin : international research cooperation for an ecoregion of global relevance
Erdsicht : Einblicke in geographische und geoinformationstechnische Arbeitsweisen 23
Ibidem-Verlag, Stuttgart, p. 265 - 280