Abstract

The issue of sustainable water resources development remains high on the scientific agenda. Much work remains to be done and in particular, a universal set of criteria upon which sustainability assessment should be based needs to be agreed upon. This paper presents a case study from the Mupfure catchment in Zimbabwe, where a number of reservoir development options are currently being considered. The sustainability of the various options was evaluated using a combination of traditional system reliability analysis, impact assessment and stakeholder consultation. The evaluation indicated that constructing a medium sized reservoir was a more sustainable course of action than constructing a much larger reservoir or not constructing a reservoir at all. The case study, along the way, highlights some important and complimentary aspects of sustainable reservoir development in the southern Africa region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-23
Number of pages7
JournalIAHS-AISH Publication
Issue number268
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2001

Keywords

  • Impact assessment
  • Reservoir development
  • Stakeholder consultation
  • Sustainability
  • Zimbabwe

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Water Science and Technology

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