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Thirsty Planet: Strategies for Sustainable Water Management

By: Constance Elizabeth Hunt

302 pages, Figs, tabs

Zed Books

Paperback | Feb 2004 | #141701 | ISBN: 1842772430
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Hardback | Feb 2003 | #141700 | ISBN: 1842772422
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It is essential to manage water in ways that maintain the water cycle and the ecosystems that support it. This book looks at the complexity of the problem; it provides a wide array of ideas, information, case studies and ecological knowledge - often from remote corners of the developing world - that could provide an alternative vision for water use and management at this critical time.

'Constance Hunt does a valuable service by providing a concise and readable primer on the task of preserving the freshwater ecosystems on which we all depend. Thirsty Planet is required reading for anyone interested in learning what tools we have available to meet one of the greatest challenges to humanity and nature in the 21st century.' - Kathryn S. Fuller, President, World Wildlife Fund 'This is a tremendous book for anyone taking a serious look at global water problems. Constance Hunt exposes the powerful forces that have damaged rivers and watersheds and impaired the ability of natural ecosystems to supply clean water. She shows that the big water companies are using their power for a dramatic takeover of public water resources for private profit without thought of sustainability for the long term.' - Brent Blackwelder, President, Friends of the Earth


Introduction; 1. Water: the Vital Resource; 2. A Water-Stressed World; 3. To Feed the World: Food Supply and the Water Cycle; 4. A Thirsty Planet: Water Supply and Sanitation in a Water Short World; 5. When It Rains, It Pours: Water Management for Flood Damage Reduction; 6. Arteries of Commerce: Inland Waterways and the Water Cycle; 7. A Warmer World: The Inter-relationships of Climate Change and the Water Cycle; 8. When the Water Cycle Breaks Down; 9. Policy Implications: The Debates Wage On

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Constance Hunt is a biologist and environmentalist specialising in international policy and global campaigns for water management and conservation. She has advised the WWF for Nature - International Living Waters Campaign and managed WWF policy and field projects for sustainable river and wetland management . She is the author/editor of two books on conservation and many articles on sustainable water resources development.

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