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- DescriptionThis book is an articulation of the much needed paradigm shift in the kwledge base for water systems management. It discusses the ecological and socio-ecomic dimensions of water, inclusion of which in sustainable and integrated water systems management has become essential the world over. It is path-breaking in terms of its conceptualisation since water management in India has traditionally been associated with the domain of engineering which tries to increase the quantity of water, to cater to increasing needs of human settlements and demands from irrigation and industry. This work, however, conceives water management as an interdisciplinary subject which needs to be understood t in terms of engineering alone, but in terms of its ecomic, sociological and, of course, ecological dimensions. Water, Ecosystems and Society: A Confluence of Disciplines is an excellent guide to interdisciplinary kwledge on water. It draws attention to ecological benefits of floods, ecomic productivity of water systems and the feasibility of the proposed river-link project of India. It focuses on the need to recognise ecosystem services provided by rivers as well as the necessity of environmental flows in such a system. The book deals with emerging areas of research, by connecting ecology, ecomics and water management. It will be a compelling read for academicians and students working in the fields of geography and environment science, development ecomics, environmental sociology, ecology, integrated water management, and so on.
- Author BiographyJayanta Bandyopadhyay is the Head of the Centre for Development and Environment Policy at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC). After completing his doctorate in engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, he turned his professional attention towards interdisciplinary studies of science and public policy with special interest in sustainable development policy. He has worked at reputed institutions such as Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (1978-87), International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Kathmandu (1987-93) and International Academy of Environment, Geneva (1993-97) where he was appointed Director of Research. His work in the past 25 years has been guided by the objective of generating transdisciplinary public interest knowledge on critical issues related to sustainable development and equity. He was a Coordinating Lead Author for the Responses Working Group in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in the area of climate change and water. He is currently the President of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics (Delhi) and the South Asian Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resource Studies (Hyderabad) and a member of the Board of the International Society for Ecological Economics. Professor Bandyopadhyay has published more than 100 research papers, books and articles. His latest publications include Integrated Water Systems Management in South Asia: A Framework for Research CDEP Occasional Paper 09 (Kolkata: Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, 2006); Biodiversity and Quality of Life (New Delhi: Macmillan, 2005); Moving the Mountains Up in the Global Environmental Agenda CDEP Occasional Paper 03 (Kolkata: Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, 2004); and a chapter on 'Freshwater Ecosystems Services' in the Report of the Millennium Ecosystems Assessment, Ecosystems and Human Wellbeing: Policy Responses (New York: Island Press, 2005).
- Author(s)Jayanta Bandyopadhyay
- PublisherSAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd
- Date of Publication31/01/2009
- SubjectEnvironment & Planning
- Place of PublicationNew Delhi
- Country of PublicationIndia
- ImprintSAGE India
- Content NoteIllustrations, maps
- Weight340 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine15 mm
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