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From the Publisher'This pragmatic guide could prevent multimillion dollar errors in the future, and could at last help reverse the impoverishment of dam-affected people.'
Robert Goodland, Former Chief Environmental Adviser, World Bank Group
'Thayer Scudder adds a human dimension that is surprisingly often ignored or inadequately understood in the planning and building of large dams.'
'A practical, balanced and cautionary text, replete with stories from 50 years of wandering the globe and studying its peoples and their ways, told by an instinctive storyteller.'
David McDowell, former Director General of IUCN and New Zealand Ambassador to the United Nations
'Thayer Scudder has stepped out of his role as one of the World Commission on Dams' chorus to provide a solo performance that none could control, or predict.'
Kader Asmal, South African MP and Chair, World Commission on Dams, 1997-2000
'A thorough analysis of the social impacts of large dams in developing countries.'
Robert M Hordon, Journal of American Water Resources Association
'Scudder offers the reader the human face of large dams, past present and future: the resettlement of populations, benefits of hydroelectric power, water resource development, flood control and disruption of ecosystems. Will there be large dams in our global future? Yes, he concludes, but the historic paradigm of large dam costs and benefits is now shown to be fatally flawed. We require a new paradigm. This book sets forth the guiding principles.'
James J. Morgan, Professor of Environmental Engineering Science, Caltech and Stockholm Water Laureate, 1999
'Scudder succeeds to create a guide for the future persons and institutions involved in any stage of the dam build, but also a work which helps anyone to understand a dam induced changes in the society.'
Iuliana Sava, Iasi Polytechnic Magazine