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Integrated Water Resources Management in Practice: Better Water Management for Development

Edited By: Roberto Lenton and Mike Muller

228 pages, Figs


Paperback | Jan 2009 | #178250 | ISBN-13: 9781844076505
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About this book

Better water management will be crucial if we are to meet many of
the key challenges of this century. The approach known as Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) is widely recognized as the best way forward, but is poorly understood, even within the water sector.

Through case studies, from both developed and developing countries in five continents, this book illustrates how better water management, guided by the IWRM approach, has helped to meet a wide range of sustainable development goals. It does this by considering practical examples, looking at how IWRM has contributed, at different scales, from very local, village level experiences to reforms at national level and beyond to cases involving trans-boundary river basins. Using these on-the-ground experiences, the book provides candid and practical lessons for policy makers, donors, and water and development practitioners worldwide looking at how IWRM principles were applied, what worked, and, equally important, what didn't work, and why. This book shows how the new approach of Integrated Water Resources Management can be applied in practice; and, explores case study material from both urban and rural contexts in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe.

'This book is a must-read for students, scholars, and practitioners of sustainable development. ... It is much more than an excellent text on water management. The book illustrates the power, and challenges, of systems thinking in combining economic, social, and environmental objectives. ... The result is a superb description and analysis of the complex challenges, and pathways to success, of societies as they grapple with the overarching 21st-century task of sustainable development.' Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 'This enormously valuable book addresses the needs of the practitioner, whether they work at village level or on reforms at national level and beyond. It is an invaluable asset to those who want to improve water security and meet the Millennium Development Goals. I highly recommend it.' Ismail Serageldin, Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt and former Vice-President for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development at the World Bank 'The rich contents of this book offer a realistic examination of the practical side of IWRM through presenting reliable facts and interesting case studies accompanied by illustrative figures and in-depth analysis... It can be recommended to all water professionals that seek to find solutions in improving water management to achieve sustainable social, economic and environmental development.' Natural Resources Forum, a United Nations Sustainable Development Journal 'The writing style is lucid and captivating the focus on real world examples rather than theoretical constructs captivate the inquisitive mind, making it difficult to put the book down.' '[Integrated Water Resources Management in Practice is a] well conceived and meticulously researched book.' Journal of the American Water Resources Association


Introduction; Part I: Case Studies at a Local Level; Better Rural Livelihoods Through Improved Irrigation Management - Office du Niger, Mali; Meeting the Sanitation Needs of the Urban Poor - the Brazilian Condominial Model; Meeting the Water Needs of the Rural Poor through Local Water Resources Management - Sukhomajri, India; Maintaining Intensive Agriculture While Protecting Groundwater Quality - Denmark; From Industrial to Post Industrial Priorities in the Management of the Snake River, USA; Achieving Environmental Sustainability through Investing in Livelihoods - Community Husbandry in Bangladesh; Achieving Environmental Sustainability while Maximizing the Economic Productivity of Water Use in Agriculture; Part II: Case Studies at an Intermediate Level; Regional Economic Development through Water Infrastructure Development in China - the Yangtze and Yellow Rivers; Integrated Lake Management - Lake Biwa; National River Basin in a Developing Country - the Lerma-Chapala Basin; Part III: Case Studies at a National Level; Chilean Water Reform: Adaptive and Sequential Water Management Responses; Attempting to Do it All: How South Africa Addressed the 3 E's; Including Water in National Development Planning - Yemen; Living Well Without Fresh Water - Singapore; Part IV: Case Studies at a Trans-boundary Level; Reacting to the Impact of a More Complex Political Arrangement - Mekong Basin; Sharing a Lifeline: Trans-boundary Management in the Developing World - the Nile Basin Initiative.

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Roberto Lenton is Chair of the Technical Committee of the Global Water Partnership. He is former Director of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Division of the UNDP in New York and former Director General of the International Water Management Institute, Sri Lanka. Mike Muller was Director General of South Africa's Department of Water Affairs and Forestry and is currently visiting professor at the University of the Witwatersrand's Graduate School of Public and Development Management in South Africa.

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