Droughts and Integrated Water Resource Management in South Asia

Droughts and Integrated Water Resources Management in South Asia is the second volume in the Water in South Asia series published by SAGE, New Delhi, in collaboration with SaciWATERs, the South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary ...

Author: Jasveen Jairath

Publisher: SAGE Publications India

ISBN: 9788132100713

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 380

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Droughts have formed an inseparable part of South Asian history and culture, with tragic consequences for a region that houses the greatest number of the world’s poor. However, this volume challenges the popular conception of drought, which is presented as an absolute shortage-scarcity with respect to an implicit understanding of the sufficiency of water. It highlights the fact that while available water supplies may be a given quantum, droughts are differentially experienced, politically inspired and socially constituted. It emphasises that the relative water scarcity needs to be appreciated, and argues that water scarcity means different things for diverse constituencies of water users. Policy prescriptions based on definitional premises will be flawed, as a misrepresentation of drought as merely water scarcity serves a political agenda. The editors and contributors of this volume critically evaluate the concept of drought, the way it is defined, its origin/derivation, and the purposes/interests it serves. This book is broadly divided into three major sections: the thematic section, country overviews, and case studies. Through these, it attempts to: - Understand the concept of drought. - Map diversity in drought situations across South Asia. - Identify responses to drought. - Outline viable options for more integrated approaches to drought policies and mitigation strategies. - Initiate a process of dialogue on a more comprehensive public policy for drought management. Comprehensive, thought-provoking, informative, and featuring new research data, this collection will provide policy makers and professionals with the opportunity to discuss and debate policies for sustainable livelihood support systems and drought management. It would also be an invaluable source of information for students and teachers working in the fields of Water and Natural Resource Management, Environmental Planning, Agricultural Economics, Rural Development, Public Policy and Public Administration.

Ecosystems and Integrated Water Resources Management in South Asia

This is the third volume in a series of books developed by the SaciWATERs, the South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies (www.saciwaters.org). This series of readers on topical water resources issues in the ...

Author: E. R. N. Gunawardena

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000365665

Category: Nature

Page: 404

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This book provides an ecosystem perspective in addressing the water resource management issues in the South Asian region. It argues that aspects such as sources of water, its distribution and users; land–water interrelations; drivers of change such as laws, policies and institutions; management of issues and technologies related to water supply; institutional set-up; economic instruments such as pricing, taxes, subsidies; and economics of ecosystem services are crucial. Climate changes, melting of glaciers and polar ice caps, rising sea level and the increased frequency of extreme events, have to be factored into integrated management of water resources. This book addresses some of these major issues related to aquatic ecosystems and focuses on three major aspects: (a) concepts related to ecosystems, ecosystem services and their linkages with water; (b) human impacts on ecosystems, particularly the aquatic ecosystems, and their assessment; and (c) the management, including policy, governance and economics. Comprising new theories, research and case studies, the book will be useful those concerned with water resource management – professionals, students and researchers.

Natural Resource Management in South Asia

Water Availability and Hydro - electric Projects Against this background of declining water resource , the desire of South Asian governments to tap Himalaya's water resources for hydro - electric power , to the extent of 250,000MW of ...

Author: Actionaid

Publisher: Pearson Education India

ISBN: 8131729435

Category: Electronic books

Page: 128

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Natural Resource Management in South Asia deals with the problems in the management of natural resources in South Asia, and tries to work towards building a collective approach for addressing those problems. It raises reasonable concerns and queries the manner in which developmental polices are implemented, without undermining the importance of the economic development process. Examined in detail from a people-centric view, the topics in this volume include energy, land, biodiversity, water and the atmosphere. There is also a separate chapter on Afghanistan that focusses on the challenges faced by the country in this regard. The volume makes an effort to examine options to ensure food and water security in South Asia, and to suggest an alternative policy framework in ensuring a sustainable environment. It also suggests ways in which natural resources can be utilized for the maximum benefit of the people.

Water Resources Policies in South Asia

South Asia faces a variety of challenges in water resources governance, management and use. Millions of people in the region do not have access to clean drinking water and sanitation. Many countries in the region rely on groundwater ...

Author: Anjal Prakash

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000084337

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 354

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Falling or stagnant agricultural growth, increasing dependence on groundwater, climate variability, swift industrialization, and unplanned and unregulated urbanization in South Asia have spawned a variety of challenges for water resources governance, management and use: groundwater overdraft; insufficient, ill-managed and poor-quality freshwater supply vis-à-vis escalating demand; and water pollution. Water policies in each of the South Asian countries thus call for a more holistic understanding for the efficient management, equitable distribution and sustainable use of this scarce resource. Analyzing the economic, demographic and ideological context in which water policies are framed and implemented, this book argues for an integrated framework in formulating and implementing water policies in South Asia. It also highlights some common missing links in the national policies: problems of techno-centric and blueprint approach to water management, growing influence of international donor agencies and inadequate concern for issues such as equity, sustainability, gender sensitivity, accountability, regional diversity in property rights regimes and water management practices, and regional conflicts over water access. The innovative and nuanced knowledge on water resources produced from detailed case studies in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be useful for professionals, academics, policymakers and activists as well as those in development studies, environmental studies, natural resource management and public administration.

Informing Water Policies in South Asia

Resources. Management. in. South. Asia. Anjal. Prakash,. Chanda. Gurung. Goodrich. and. Sreoshi. Singh. Gross mismanagement and exploitation of water resources have been reflected in increasing conflict between different users and uses ...

Author: Anjal Prakash

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317560111

Category: Nature

Page: 372

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This book analyzes water policies in South Asia from the perspective of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). It seeks to address the problems of water scarcity, conflict and pollution resulting from the gross mismanagement and over-exploitation of this finite resource. Highlighting the need for IWRM in mitigating abuse and ensuring sustainable use, it discusses issues relating to groundwater management; inter-state water conflicts; peri-urban water use; local traditional water management practices; coordination between water users and uses; and water integration at the grassroots level. With case studies from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Nepal, the innovative, painstaking and transnational researches presented in the volume deal with questions of equity, gender, sustainability, and democratic governance in water policy interventions. It will interest researchers and students of development studies, environmental studies, natural resource management, water governance, and public administration, as also water sector professionals, policymakers, civil society activists and governmental and nongovernmental organizations.

Review of water and climate change policies in South Asia

Paper presented at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI)/World Bank Regional Conference on Risks and Solutions: Adaptation Frameworks for Water Resources Planning, Development and Management in South Asia, July 12-13, ...

Author: Davis, R.

Publisher: International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

ISBN: 9789290908692

Category: Science

Page: 120

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South Asia climate change risks in water management

These series of South Asia Water Initiative reports were commissioned to help support greater understanding of these change including ways in which better water resources management can enable more effective climate adaptation policy, ...

Author: Hirji, R.

Publisher: Washington, DC, USA: World Bank; Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI)


Category: Science

Page: 96

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Major Natural Resource Management Concerns in South Asia

Water Resources Irrigation cannot continue to expect the lion's share of water in South Asia. Economic development means that increasing quantities of water resources will have to be diverted to the industrial and urban sectors, ...

Author: Gerard J. Gill, Ministry of Agriculture, Nepal

Publisher: Intl Food Policy Res Inst

ISBN: 9780896296152

Category: Social Science


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Globalization of Water Governance in South Asia

This book will be useful to those interested in political economy and water governance, natural resource management, environmental studies, development studies, and public administration, as well as to water professionals, policy-makers and ...

Author: Vishal Narain

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317560203

Category: Nature

Page: 356

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Globalization has significantly redefined the nature of governance in the water sector. Non-state actors—multilateral and transnational donor agencies and corporations, non-government organizations, markets, and civil society at large—are assuming a bigger role in public policy-making for water resource management. New discourses on neoliberalism, integrated water resource management (IWRM), public–private partnerships, privatization, and gender equity have come to influence water governance. Drawing upon detailed case studies from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan, this volume shows the implications of these new global paradigms for water allocation and management practices, institutions and governance structures in South Asia. It suggests that, despite claims to the contrary, they have done little to further human well-being, reduce gender disparity, or improve accountability and transparency in the system. Steering away from blueprint approaches, it argues for a more nuanced and contextual understanding of water management challenges, based on local knowledge and initiatives. This book will be useful to those interested in political economy and water governance, natural resource management, environmental studies, development studies, and public administration, as well as to water professionals, policy-makers and civil society activists.

Integrated Water Resources Management

This volume is the first in the Water in South Asia series, which has been published by Sage Publications, New Delhi, in collaboration with SaciWATERs (South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies ...

Author: Peter P Mollinga

Publisher: SAGE Publications India

ISBN: 9788132102823

Category: Science

Page: 404

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Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) has become the international label for the ‘new approach’ to water resources management. This volume, and in fact the entire series, investigates how this global concept resonates with regional, national and local concerns in South Asia. This is the first volume in a new series under the aegis of the South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies (SaciWATERs) and explains the IWRM. This volume begins by tracking the emergence of IWRM as a central notion in water debates. It then discusses the European experience with IWRM in the context of the European Water Framework Directive—the most comprehensive attempt so far at an IWRM-based water governance and management system. Thereafter, the book turns to South Asia. Among other things, the contributors argue that: - in South Asia, IWRM is a concept in search of a constituency, and not a concept that has emerged from regional or local practice; - understanding and implementing IWRM requires interdisciplinary analysis and frameworks; - IWRM is a ‘boundary’ concept—plastic enough to adapt to local needs and the constraints of several parties employing it, yet robust enough to maintain a common identity across sites; - there are issues and limits in transplanting the model of river basin organizations, a central thrust within the global IWRM discourse; and — a focus on water alone may be misguided, and that IWRM should look intensely at land-water linkages.