Hydropower-to-Environment Water Transfers in the Zambezi Basin

  • Partners: Waternet, Swiss Federal Inst of Tech, Eduardo Mondlane Univ, WWF
  • Donor: Stichting IHE
  • Donor Programme: UNESCO-IHE Partnership Research Fund - part of DUPC
Sub-Saharan Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa

This project analyzes the reallocation of water from the hydropower sector to the environment in the hydropower dominated Zambezi basin. The research addresses two different aspects 1) improving the understanding of the complex response of ecosystems to flow regime, focusing on flow and bio-geomorphological interactions and their links to the ecosystem response and 2) the development of policy instruments, including reservoir operating policies and cost-sharing mechanisms, which balance water uses for the environment and for energy generation. (DUPC funded 2009-2013)