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Title: National water resources strategy : comparative environmental appraisal of strategic options : volume 2 : appendices
Author: National Rivers Authority
Document Type: Monograph
A brief review has been made of worldwide experience of water transfer schemes and their environmental impacts, both in order to put UK proposals in context, and to see if any useful approaches to strategic environmental assessment have been developed. This section concentrates on water transfer and river regulation schemes. Environmental impact assessment (EIA) relating to reservoir construction and operation are described in the various publications of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) and World Bank (WB). Both the ICOLD and WB EIA methodologies apply a checklist and matrix approach with a strong emphasis on identifying opportunities for mitigation. There are several collections of review papers on large scale inter-basin transfers. Inter-basin transfers exist on all inhabited continents. The most spectacular examples of man interfering with the hydrological cycle occur in North America, Russia and Australia. In Europe, there are known to be sizable transfer schemes in France and Germany, but no publications about them were identified as part of this review. Golubev and Biswas (1979) include a bibliography of 502 entries relating to different aspects of interregional transfers around the world.
Publisher: National Rivers Authority
Publication Date: 1994
Publication Place: Leatherhead
Subject Keywords: Water resourcesWater supplySustainable developmentEnvironmental impact assessmentStrategies
Geographic Keywords: EnglandWales
Extent: n.p. [357]
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