Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11889/8143
Title: Evaluation of water harvesting and managed aquifer recharge potential in Upper Fara' basin in Palestine: comparing MYWAS and water productivity approaches
Authors: Tiehatten, Bernardien 
Assaf, Karen 
Ghanem, Marwan 
Jayyousi, Anan 
Marei, Amer 
Mostert, Erik 
Keywords: Water harvesting - Fara' - Palestine;Groundwater recharge - Fara' - Palestine;MAR;Watershed management - Fara' - Palestine;Water quality management - Fara' - Palestine
Issue Date: 2017
Abstract: The Upper Wadi Fara’ basin, located at the West Bank, Palestine, has an average annual rainfall of 500 mm, which occurs only during winter. Agriculture uses stored soil water and complimentary irrigation from groundwater. Water harvesting (WH) and managed aquifer recharge (MAR) therefore is essential for sustainable water resources management in the basin. This study focuses on the comparison between two methods to determine best practices for WH/MAR. The first method uses the change in water productivity and can be considered a one parameter cost benefit analysis (CBA). The other method concerns the multi year water allocation system (MYWAS), which uses water demand curves to evaluate economic scenarios. It is concluded that the highest cost effectiveness of WH/MAR measures in upper Wadi Fara’ basin is reached when water is stored as soil water. However, this is a politically disputed measure in the Israel – Palestine shared aquifer. Both models are useful tools in decisive stakeholder participation processes.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11889/8143
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