Thirsty Planet: Strategies for Sustainable Water Management [NOOK Book]

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The author argues that it is essential to manage water in different ways from those relied on in the last century. We must instead maintain the water cycle and the ecosystems that support it. Her book looks at the complexity of how to do this. And it provides a wide array of ideas, information, case studies and ecological knowledge - often from remote corners of the developing world - that could provide an alternative vision for water use and management at this critical time. After discussing how the water cycle ...
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Thirsty Planet: Strategies for Sustainable Water Management

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Overview

The author argues that it is essential to manage water in different ways from those relied on in the last century. We must instead maintain the water cycle and the ecosystems that support it. Her book looks at the complexity of how to do this. And it provides a wide array of ideas, information, case studies and ecological knowledge - often from remote corners of the developing world - that could provide an alternative vision for water use and management at this critical time. After discussing how the water cycle works and the inadequacies of current approaches to overcoming the growing gap between supply and demand, it examines each element of water use - irrigation for food production, water for households and sanitation, flood management, inland waterways for transport, and energy production - in order to identify the problems confronting us and the alternative approaches and policies we could pursue that would be compatible with nature. The book concludes by looking at current policy debates, the institutions needed to ensure the global preservation of the water cycle, and how to involve local people in water management decisions affecting their welfare. This book makes for essential and compelling reading for students on courses related to water resources management and development; water managers and decision makers, and non-specialists with an interest in global water issues.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848137905
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 7/18/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Constance Hunt is a biologist and environmentalist with considerable experience in international policy and global campaigns for water management and conservation.
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Table of Contents

1 Riding the water cycle : water cycle dynamics and freshwater ecosystems 5
2 Spiralling towards a crisis : water use and growing shortages 37
3 To feed the world : food supply and the water cycle 62
4 A thirsty planet : water supply and sanitation in a water-short world 96
5 When it rains, it pours : water management for flood damage reduction 131
6 Arteries of commerce : inland waterways and the water cycle 160
7 A warmer world : the interrelationships between global warming and the water cycle 192
8 When the water cycle breaks down : the potential for restoration 228
9 Avenues of governance : institutional options for protecting the water cycle 258
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