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Water, Technology and Society: Learning the Lessons of River Management in Nepal

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By: Dipak Gyawali

304 pages, Figs, tabs

Zed Books

Hardback | Feb 2003 | #135621 | ISBN: 1842772767
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Argues that analysis and policy action require a holistic conceptualisation of the interface between water (or any natural resource), technology and social context. Also highlights the extent of institutional distortion that donor policies can cause in recipient socities.

'A visionary masterpiece, challenging the fundamentalism of technocratic reductionists in conventional water resource management... Reader-friendly, comprehensive and balanced, Water in Nepal holds our attention with its forceful arguments... Recognizing the social embeddedness of water resource technology, the book searches for a cogent, farsighted and holistic attitude in the development of water resources' - Down to Earth 'This is a book that needs to be read very widely... It is characterized by a determined departure from established ways of thinking and a distinction of writing... [The author is] suspicious of gigantism; bureaucrat-politician-consultant-contractor nexuses; the present engineering-driven uni-disciplinarity of approach to water planning; donor-driven "development"; and prefers smaller, people-centred, community-managed answers to felt local needs' - EPW (Economic and Political Weekly) 'This excellent book has important ramifications for our thinking about foreign aid and underlines the importance of democracy for well-informed public policy while showing that free elections by themselves are not enough to produce such policy. Only vigorous debate in which all stakeholders, and their alternative views, are represented, can achieve this' - Marco Verweij, Max Planck Project Group on Common Goods 'A fine volume. I know of no comparable work on a national scale' - James L. Wescoat Jr., Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois


Foreword Acknowledgements Introduction: A Different Water Journey Contesting Hydropower Policy High Dams for Asia: Neo-Gandhian Maoists vs Nehruvian Stalinists Mahakali Treaty: What Next? An Autopsy of Arun-3 Water Conflict in Southern Riparian Lands Three-legged Water Science for Nepal Troubled Politics of Himalayan Waters Arun-3 Impasse: Is There an Escape from this Blind Alley? When does Falling Water Become a Natural Resource? Part 1: Water as a Physical Resource Water Balance Physiography, Climate and Precipitation Drainage and Hydrology Part 2: Water and the Social System Social Philosophy History and Water Resources Water Resources Development and Nature of the State Nepal's Economic Development Nature of Demand for Water Part 3: Evolutionary Pathways Appendices Acronyms Glossary of Local Terms Index

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DIPAK GYAWALI is an eminent Nepali water engineer, economist and social activist. Following a career in government service, he has been active as an independent analyst. He works as a director of the Nepal Water Conservation Foundation and is also Pragya of the Royal Nepal Academy of Science and Technology. He has published widely on water management in Nepal and has been visiting scholar in various European and North American institutions, including Queen Elizabeth House in Oxford.

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