Payments for watershed services in the Blue Nile Basin (2008-2012)

This PhD study is part of the wider UNESCO-IHE and IVM-VU project Blue Nile Hydrosolidarity. The project is funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research under the WOTRO Science for Global Development Program. Due to unsustainable land management the Blue Nile faces significant soil erosion, causing negative on-site and off-site externalities to different water users. The main objective of the PhD study is to assess the economic value of the positive and negative externalities of sustainable soil conservation and watershed policy and explore the possibilities of introducing payment schemes for watershed services. In particular, the study examines the institutional-economic incentives and conditions needed to be in place for such schemes to encourage sustainable land and water use across the whole international river basin.

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