River Basin Trajectories

River Basin Trajectories

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Mainstream 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, economic 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.Societies, Environments and Development FranAsois Molle, Philippus Wester ... It is certainly imperative to know enough about the dynamics of water availability and use for managers and policy makers to know the ... Public information has been at the heart of the debate, and science and research have helped guide and constrain political options ... water and groundwater interactions, which have implications for major groundwater users, such as India and China, whose agriculture isanbsp;...

Title:River Basin Trajectories
Author: François Molle, Philippus Wester
Publisher:IWMI - 2009

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