Dams and Development: A New Framework for Decision-Making

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Overview

"By the year 2000, the world had built more than 45,000 large dams to irrigate crops, generate power, control floods in wet times and store water in dry times. Yet, in the last century, large dams also disrupted the ecology of half the world's rivers, displaced tens of millions of people from their homes and left nations burdened with debt. Their impacts have inevitably generated growing controversy and conflicts. Resolving their role in meeting water and energy needs is vital for the future and illustrates the complex development challenges that face our societies." "The Report of the World Commission on Dams: is the product of an unprecedented global public policy effort to bring governments, the private sector and civil society together in one process; provides the first comprehensive global and independent reivew of the performance and impacts of dams; presents a new framework for water and energy resources development; and develops an agenda of seven strategic priorities and corresponding criteria and guidelines for future decision-making." "Challenging our assumptions, the Commission sets before us the hard, rigorous and clear-eyed evidence of exactly why nations decide to build dams and how dams can affect human, plant and animal life, for better or for worse. Dams and Development: A New Framework for Decision-Making is about the future of dams as well as the changing development context where new voices, choices and options leave little room for a business-as-usual scenario."--BOOK JACKET.
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Editorial Reviews

Environmental Practice
...a sizable, diverse report, rich with figures, specific examples, and detailed descriptions. It is a resource for understanding the full scope of impacts that management decisions can have and for fitting individual decisions into an international context.
Future Survey
In sum, the key decisions are not about dams as such, but about options for water and energy development.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853837975
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 442
  • Product dimensions: 8.61 (w) x 11.22 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

The World Commission on Dams , made up of twelve eminent international experts, was established in 1997 to review the effectiveness of dams and develop guidelines for future planning.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Water Development and Large Dams
• Part I: The WCD Global Review of Large Dams—Chapter 2: Technical, Financial and Economic Performance
• Chapter 3: Ecosystems and Large Dams: Environmental Performance
• Chapter 4: People and Large Dams: Social Performance
• Chapter 5 Options for Water and Energy Resources Development
• Chapter 6: Decision-Making, Planning and Institutions
• Part II: The Way Forward - Chapter 7: Enhancing Human Development: Rights, Risks and Negotiated Outcomes
• Chapter 8: Strategic priorities—A new Policy Framework for the Development of Water and Energy Resources
• Chapter 9: Criteria and Guidelines—Applying the Strategic Priorities
• Chapter 10: Beyond the Commission- An Agenda for Change
• List of Tables
• List of Figures
• List of Boxes
• A Comment—Medha Patkar
• Annexes
• Index

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