This study supports Gabon in preserving Hydrologic Ecosystem Services in a river basin which faces challenges due to planned hydropower and forestry operations. It will evaluate various watershed management scenarios which may improve hydrological flow conditions and hydropower options. FutureWater analyzes hydrological ecosystem services provision in the Komo basin through hydrological modeling and scenario analysis.
“Gabon is a rapidly developing country that contains substantial amount of intact natural areas and biodiversity, and large untapped natural resource stocks, placing the country at the forefront of a green economic development opportunities. TNC supports the government in preserving Hydrologic Ecosystem Services which are essential to include into development projects as for example hydropower.
This study will assess these services for the Komo basin where certain pressure already exists due to forestry operations and planned hydropower. It will evaluate various management scenarios which may improve and sustain hydrological flow conditions and hydropower options. The analysis will help the government in implementing an integrated water resources management (IWRM) approach in this basin.
FutureWater will deliver this study through hydrological modeling and scenario analysis to assess how hydrological ecosystem services provision in the Komo basin can be improved by a series of potential alternative scenarios based.”
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Effectiveness of Improved Watershed and Forestry Activities to secure Hydropower, Komo river, Gabon
Droogers, P., J.E. Hunink, R. Koster