Integrated Planning for International River Basin

by Alvin S. Goodman, (F.ASCE), Polytechnic Univ 6 Metrotech Cent, Brooklyn, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


The integrated development of the Vardar/Axios Basin includes a system of projects scheduled to meet the needs and aspirations of Yugoslavia (in particular, the former Socialist Republic of Macedonia) and Greece. It includes recommendations for cost sharing. The considerations that guided the detailed methodology for formulating the master plan included: economic sector development (principally agricultural, municipal and industrial, and electric power); balanced regional development; engineering and economic feasibility of facilities; and compatibility with existing power and hydraulic systems. For the formulation of a basin plan and a schedule for implementing projects, the preferences expressed by a Coordinating Directorate composed of representatives of Yugoslavia and Greece (working through a United Nations Project Manager and two Co-Managers representing the individual governments) were followed as closely as practicable. It was concluded that with some exceptions, there was enough water in the basin to meet the contemplated goals for irrigation and other needs with integrated development.

Subject Headings: Basins | Rivers and streams | Economic factors | Electric power | Project management | Scheduling | Social factors | Industrial facilities | Europe | Greece | Macedonia

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