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The Future of Large Dams: Dealing with Social, Environmental, Institutional and Political Costs

By: Thayer Scudder

389 pages, Figs, tabs


Paperback | Dec 2006 | #157948 | ISBN: 1844073386
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Hardback | Dec 2005 | #150232 | ISBN: 1844071553
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Analyses the structure of the decision making process for water resource and energy development planning, and the planning, implementation and governance and assets when a large dam is selected as the best development option.

* 'This thorough analysis of the social impacts of large dams...serves as an extension of the report on the World Commission on Dams...[and] while criticizing the past and current practices Scudder has positive practical recommendations' Journal of the American Water Resources Association * 'A valuable reminder of the dangers of destroying sustainable rural societies largely to support unsustainable cities or large dam industries' Nature * 'For policy makers responsible for global water and energy planning...[and] a rich resource for researchers' Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development * 'The author is the undisputed world leader in this subject... The treatment is authoritative and magisterial' Robert Goodland * 'Scudder has stepped out of his role as one of the World Commission on Dams' chorus to provide a solo performance that none could control or predict' Kader Kamal * The definitive text on large dams - the world's single most controversial, divisive and expensive development issue - essential reading


The Large Dams Dispute and the Future of Large Dams * Theories of the Resettlement Process * A Comparative Survey of Dam-induced Resettlement in 50 Cases, with the Statistical Assistance of John Gay * How River Basin Communities Can Benefit From Resettlement * Sri Lanka's Mahaweli Development Project * Further Case Studies * Addressing Downstream and Upper Catchments: Environmental and Social Impacts * Institutional Arrangements * The Future of Large Dams and the Way Forward *

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Thayer Scudder is Anthropology Professor Emeritus at the California Institute of Technology and former Commissioner of the World Commission on Dams.

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