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The debate on greenhouse gas emissions from freshwater reservoirs: Policy implications and opportunities for action

Mäkinen, Kirsi LU (2009) IMEN41 20091
The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics
Abstract
This paper explores freshwater reservoir greenhouse gas emissions from a policy perspective. Existing science on reservoir emissions indicates that reservoirs can emit significant amounts of greenhouse gases and this is of particular concern for tropical reservoirs. Current scientific knowledge has led to some precautionary policy measures, but, in general, policy development has been slow. At the same time, increasing demands for water, energy and food and the need to adapt to climate change signal significant increases in the number of large dams in many parts of the world. This research explores reasons for the slow uptake of policies addressing reservoir emissions and examines ways to facilitate policy development. The paper provides... (More)
This paper explores freshwater reservoir greenhouse gas emissions from a policy perspective. Existing science on reservoir emissions indicates that reservoirs can emit significant amounts of greenhouse gases and this is of particular concern for tropical reservoirs. Current scientific knowledge has led to some precautionary policy measures, but, in general, policy development has been slow. At the same time, increasing demands for water, energy and food and the need to adapt to climate change signal significant increases in the number of large dams in many parts of the world. This research explores reasons for the slow uptake of policies addressing reservoir emissions and examines ways to facilitate policy development. The paper provides an overview of the existing debate on reservoir emissions, and analyses existing measures and future opportunities for action in three policy areas. Issues shaping the science-policy interface are described, and a number of barriers and contextual influences to policy development are identified. (Less)
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Mäkinen, Kirsi LU
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IMEN41 20091
year
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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report number
2009:11
ISSN
1401-9191
language
English
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1578603
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2010-03-17 16:43:52
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  abstract     = {This paper explores freshwater reservoir greenhouse gas emissions from a policy perspective. Existing science on reservoir emissions indicates that reservoirs can emit significant amounts of greenhouse gases and this is of particular concern for tropical reservoirs. Current scientific knowledge has led to some precautionary policy measures, but, in general, policy development has been slow. At the same time, increasing demands for water, energy and food and the need to adapt to climate change signal significant increases in the number of large dams in many parts of the world. This research explores reasons for the slow uptake of policies addressing reservoir emissions and examines ways to facilitate policy development. The paper provides an overview of the existing debate on reservoir emissions, and analyses existing measures and future opportunities for action in three policy areas. Issues shaping the science-policy interface are described, and a number of barriers and contextual influences to policy development are identified.},
  author       = {Mäkinen, Kirsi},
  issn         = {1401-9191},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The debate on greenhouse gas emissions from freshwater reservoirs: Policy implications and opportunities for action},
  year         = {2009},
}