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- DescriptionMainstream views of water resource development focus on conventional concepts of supply and demand and often conceive of river basin development as a linear and rational process of harnessing nature and developing water for human use. However, human-environment interactions are more complex and the way societies respond to water challenges is shaped by a number of cultural, environmental, ecomic and political factors. Using river basin case studies in a variety of contexts, this book provides an overview of how societies have gradually developed their water resources and furthers our understanding of how such resources can be managed successfully or unsuccessfully. Discussing how and why particular options are selected, and why a particular course of events eventually prevails, the book stresses the importance of context and a multidisciplinary approach in moving towards sustainable and equitable development.
- Author BiographyFrancois Molle is a Senior Researcher at the Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement, France, and holds a joint appointment with the International Water Management Institute. He has 25 years of experience in irrigation and water management in South America, Africa, Asia and the Middle-East. He now focuses his research on institutional and political aspects of water management, water governance, river basin management and water policy. His research in recent years has been centered on water governance in the Mekong Region and he has recently co-edited a book entitled Contested Waterscapes in the Mekong Region: Hydropower, Livelihoods and governance. He is also co-edior in chief of Water Alternatives. Philippus Wester is Assistant Professor Water Reforms with the Centre for Water and Climate of Wageningen University, The Netherlands. Trained as a sociotechnical water management researcher, he has 15 years of experience studying water resources management in Senegal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Mexico and The Netherlands. His current research focuses on river basin management, institutional change processes and participatory groundwater management.
- PublisherCABI Publishing
- Date of Publication27/08/2009
- SubjectEnvironment & Ecology: General Interest
- Series TitleComprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture Series
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 8
- Place of PublicationWallingford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCABI Publishing
- Content Note71 figures/illustrations
- Weight920 g
- Width172 mm
- Height244 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Edited byFrancois Molle,P. Wester
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