The Danube: A River Basin in Transition / Edition 1

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Tensions in parts of the Danube River Basin, the former Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and elsewhere demonstrate the need for international agreements which will help stabilize and improve economies, governments, and environmental management within the countries in transition and across national borders. An instrument of peace, a Convention which establishes a Commission to oversee natural resource protection among all basin countries, is about to be adopted and implemented. This book covers in detail the readiness of the countries to participate and the programs funded by international agencies, and suggests ways to stimulate the slow and uneven government and investor response to conflicts. It reviews the approach and successes and failures of current programs funded by the European Commission, the Global Environment Facility, and US AID, and suggests ways to improve such assistance for maximum effect within the countries themselves.
The book has equal value to two sets of audiences:

• specialists in many disciplines, scientists and technicians, and their colleagues in public and private sector policy-making who deal full-time with transboundary natural resource problems at a practical level in the Danube region or in regions elsewhere;
• those concerned about the future economic and political stability of the east European and CIS countries and their ability to meet EU environmental and other criteria, including investors in public and private projects.
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Examines the environmental, political, and economic forces that affect the Danube River Basin and the management programs for the basin that Murphy (Dept. of the Interior) helped to implement during his four year stay in the region. The first part of the book is devoted to the theory and practice of managing river basins in general, drawing on examples from the Nile, Senegal, Lower Mekong, and in particular the Rhine as another European river comparable to the Danube. The remainder of the book covers specifics pertaining to the Danube such as the impact of Eastern Bloc economies on the basin; joint environmental programs undertaken during 1990-92; political, economic, and environmental concerns within each of nine countries that the river runs through; and long term issues such as protection agreements and programs, the Danube Convention, and the Murphy's own recommendations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792345589
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 9/5/2007
  • Series: GeoJournal Library Series, #40
  • Edition description: 1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface. 1. Danube Management in Transition: An Overview. Part One: Managing River Basins: Benefits and Challenges. 2. A Rationale for Basin Management. 3. Four Basin Studies. 4. A European Model for the Danube? The Rhine. Part Two: The Danube Basin, Pre-Transition. 5. The Danube Before Communism. 6. Political and Economic Issues under Communism. 7. Environmental Policies in the Danube Region, 1947-1989. Part Three: A New Day for the Danube, 1990-1992. 8. Joint Danube Programs: 1990-1992. 9. The Danube Program, Phase I. Part Four: Politics, Economics and the Environment. 10. Setting New Agendas in the Danube Basin. 11. Bulgaria. 12. Croatia. 13. Czech Republic. 14. Hungary. 15. Romania. 16. Slovak Republic. 17. Slovenia. 18. Moldova. 19. Ukraine. Part Five: Long-term Commitments. 20. Protection: Agreement and Programs. 21. The Danube Convention and its Commission. 22. Database and Information Systems. 23. Civil Society and the Environment. 24. Investing Strategically in the Basin: 1995-2005. 25. Transition to the Commission. 26. Installing an Instrument of Peace: Recommendations. Glossary. Bibliography. Index.

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