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The Adaptive Water Resource Management Handbook

Edited By: J Mysiak, C Pahl-Wostl, C Sullivan, J Bromley and HJ Henrikson

224 pages, index, line illustrations

Earthscan

Hardback | Aug 2009 | #179704 | ISBN-13: 9781844077922
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About this book

The complexity of current water resource management poses many challenges. Water managers need to solve a range of interrelated water dilemmas, such as balancing water quantity and quality, flooding, drought, maintaining biodiversity and ecological functions and services, complicated by the growing uncertainties of global climate change.

This book, based on extensive collaborative research from the NeWater (New Approaches to Adaptive Water Management Under Uncertainty) project, explains the benefits, outcomes and lessons learned from adaptive water management (AWM). In essence AWM is a way of responding to uncertainty by designing policy measures which are provisional and incremental, subject to subsequent modification in response to environmental change and other variables.

The book consists of 13 chapters, of which the first and last summarise the main points made in favour of adaptive management. The first part provides an overview of the major challenges faced as a result of pressures such as climate change and demographic development. From this background, the concepts of Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) and AWM are explained, along with their theoretical origins and practical implementation. The second part describes water management tools and instruments and their use in AWM. The last and largest part of the book consists of a description of cases and lessons learned in seven river basins from across Europe, West Asia and Africa. These illustrate the key challenges of adaptive water management, especially when rivers cross national boundaries, creating additional problems of governance.


Contents

1: Executive Summary;
2: Introduction - Making a Strong Case for AWM;
3: Working Towards AWM;
4: Tools and Instruments for Adaptive Management;
5: AWM - Training, Capacity Building and Knowledge Transfer;
6: Case Study: Amudarya;
7: Case Study: Elbe;
8: Case Study: Guadiana;
9: Case Study: Nile;
10: Case Study: Orange;
11: Case Study: Rhine;
12: Case Study: Tisza;
13: Summary and Outlook.

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Biography

Jaroslav Mysiak is a lecturer at the Department of Economics, University Ca'Foscari in Venice, Italy. Claudia Pahl-Wostl is Professor of Management of Resource Flows at the Institute for Environmental Systems Research in Osnabruck, Germany. Caroline Sullivan is an environmental economist at the Oxford University Centre for the Environment (OUCE), UK. John Bromley is a hydrogeologist and senior researcher at OUCE. Hans Jorgen Henriksen is Senior Advisor in Hydrology at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, GEUS, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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