Does the Limpopo River Basin have sufficient water for massive irrigation development in the plains of Mozambique?
This paper verifies whether the water resources of the transboundary Limpopo River Basin are sufficient for the planned massive irrigation developments in the Mozambique part of this basin, namely 73,000 ha, in addition to existing irrigation (estimated at 9400 ha), and natural growth of common use irrigation (4000 ha). This development includes the expansion of sugar cane production for the production of ethanol as a biofuel. Total additional water requirements may amount to 1.3 109 m3/a or more. A simple river basin simulation model was constructed in order to assess different irrigation development scenarios, and at two storage capacities of the existing Massingir dam.
Physics and Chemistry of the Earth
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- Biodiversidade das águas interiores e zonas húmidas
- Artigo com revisão pelos pares e teses universitárias
- Uso Sustentável da Biodiversidade
- Parque Nacional de Limpopo