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A Tale of Three Rivers: Jucar and Blue Nile, with an eye on the Mekong

On 13 December 2016, Professor Ariel Dinar had a presentation on ‘’A Tale of Three Rivers: Jucar and Blue Nile, with an eye on the Mekong” at Fulbright Economics Teaching Program. It is well known that management of domestic water resources is a complicated task, involving competing objectives and challenging physical relationships of various supply and demand centers. It is also known that managing trans-boundary water resources is also subject to political challenges, in addition to the ones mentioned above.  What is less well known, or appreciated, is the fact that management of trans-boundary water resources can benefit from experience gained in management of domestic water resources. The presentation highlights features that constitute the challenges faced by a ‘social planner’ in the Jucar River Basin in Spain and in the Blue Nile Basin that is shared by Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan.  Then the features highlights in the Jucar and in the Blue Nile will be contrasted to the Mekong River Basin.