Water Resource Management: A Comparative Perspective

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Overview

According to available estimates, only .3% of the total fresh water is usable for the world's entire human and animal populations. Some experts have observed that in the near future, the earth will face severe scarcity of water, resulting in an insufficient amount of water to sustain our ever increasing future needs. Others believe that such pessimistic estimates are unwarranted.

Due to conflicting opinions and data-interpretations, the future levels of scarcity are difficult to accurately forecast. One fact, however, is above controversy: water resources are not evenly distributed. The world's 38 poorest countries are located near areas that lack ample water supplies. Even some areas, which seem to possess sufficient supplies, suffer zonal or regional shortages. In recent years there has been an increasing realization not only of the importance of water as a key factor for sustainable development, but also the impending strategies for water in the near future. The chapters in this collection examine this critical resource and the policies being pursued to meet the challenge of decreasing access to usable water by selected countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe. A major study for students, researchers, and policymakers involved with environmental and development issues.

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Nine essays from a November 1994 conference in Xian, China identify issues and policies related to managing water resources in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe. They illuminate both the different conditions, resources, and approaches of the various countries and regions and certain thematic concerns that are common to all. The topics include the World Bank policy, the Three Gorges Project in China, India's Narmada River Basin Project, international agreements on the Rhine and the Danube, and the northwest arid zone of Nigeria. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275959623
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

DHIRENDRA K. VAJPEYI is Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 Water and the Current Development Orthodoxy: World Bank Policy under the Spotlight 19
3 Management and Utilization of Water Resources in the People's Republic of China 33
4 Water Resource Management: The Three Gorges Project in China 51
5 Water Resource Management in Brazil 71
6 To Dam or Not to Dam: India's Narmada River Basin Project 93
7 Prospects for Sustainable Water Management Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa, with Special Reference to the Northeast Arid Zone of Nigeria 107
8 The Rhine and the Danube: Can International Agreements Solve Their Water Management Problems? 129
9 Production-Integrated Wastewater Treatment of Small-and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Metal Processing Industry: The Electroplating Industry and Wastewater Management in the Federal Republic of Germany 145
Selected Bibliography 159
Index 169
About the Editor and Contributors 175
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