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The Dark Zone
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 239

The Dark Zone

Over the past twenty years in Gujarat, technological changes in agricultural and intensive use of groundwater have led to a spurt in water markets. The development of competitive markets, dependent on the sinking of tubewells, has been advocated on the basis of efficiency and accessibility to the resource. However, this has generally been done without unpacking nuances of unequal social relationships, ecological and historical functions that shape groundwater access and use. The Dark Zone aims to fill this gap. It focuses on the politics of groundwater markets and its interrelation with social differentiation and class-caste relations. Based on an intensive social anthropological study of a ...

Interlacing Water and Human Health
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 508

Interlacing Water and Human Health

An increasing recognition of the need to understand the complex systems in the health sector has raised the demand for an examination of water and health from a systemic perspective. Analyzing the various discourses on the subject, the volume revolves around this central question: What are the linkages between water and health in South Asia? The interlacing of water and health exists wherever human health is adversely affected, directly or indirectly, by changes in the quality and quantity of water. These adverse effects are linked with poverty, environment, and infrastructure in the overall socio-political and economic-developmental context. The book looks at the linkage between water and h...

Gender Issues in Water and Sanitation Programmes
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 340

Gender Issues in Water and Sanitation Programmes

Exclusion and inequitable access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services and opportunities are major concerns to development practitioners. The job of providing water for the household invariably falls on women, often at the expense of their education, income-earning opportunities and social, cultural and political involvement. This book aims to unpack the key elements of the WASH–gender nexus, examine these and recommend ways ahead for improved gender outcomes and WASH impact in India.

Informing Water Policies in South Asia
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 372

Informing Water Policies in South Asia

This book analyzes water policies in South Asia from the perspective of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). It seeks to address the problems of water scarcity, conflict and pollution resulting from the gross mismanagement and over-exploitation of this finite resource. Highlighting the need for IWRM in mitigating abuse and ensuring sustainable use, it discusses issues relating to groundwater management; inter-state water conflicts; peri-urban water use; local traditional water management practices; coordination between water users and uses; and water integration at the grassroots level. With case studies from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Nepal, the innovative, painstaking and transnational researches presented in the volume deal with questions of equity, gender, sustainability, and democratic governance in water policy interventions. It will interest researchers and students of development studies, environmental studies, natural resource management, water governance, and public administration, as also water sector professionals, policymakers, civil society activists and governmental and nongovernmental organizations.

Water Security in Peri-Urban South Asia
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 336

Water Security in Peri-Urban South Asia

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2016-09-28
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  • Publisher: Unknown

Are our urban spaces growing thirsty by the day? What implications do unplanned urban expansion and climate change have on judicious accessibility to water resources among the multitudes who have made urban fringes their home in South Asia? A significant gap exists in current studies of adaptation and vulnerability to the vagaries of climate change that tend to focus on purely agrarian or urban contexts. Addressing this lack, this volume documents and analyses the experiences of this urban periphery in three developing nations, India, Nepal, and Bangladesh, in terms of water security and access, adaptation to climate change, and urban expansion. Cutting across disciplinary boundaries, and us...

Globalization of Water Governance in South Asia
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 356

Globalization of Water Governance in South Asia

Globalization has significantly redefined the nature of governance in the water sector. Non-state actors—multilateral and transnational donor agencies and corporations, non-government organizations, markets, and civil society at large—are assuming a bigger role in public policy-making for water resource management. New discourses on neoliberalism, integrated water resource management (IWRM), public–private partnerships, privatization, and gender equity have come to influence water governance. Drawing upon detailed case studies from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan, this volume shows the implications of these new global paradigms for water allocation and management practi...

Liquid Relations
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 313

Liquid Relations

  • Categories: Law

Annotation. Proposals to address water shortages are usually based on two assumptions: water is a commodity that can be bought and sold; states, or other centralized entitles, should control access to water. This book criticizes these assumptions from a socio-legal perspective. Eleven case studies examine laws and distribution in regions around the world.

Water Resources Policies in South Asia
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 354

Water Resources Policies in South Asia

Falling or stagnant agricultural growth, increasing dependence on groundwater, climate variability, swift industrialization, and unplanned and unregulated urbanization in South Asia have spawned a variety of challenges for water resources governance, management and use: groundwater overdraft; insufficient, ill-managed and poor-quality freshwater supply vis-a-vis escalating demand; and water pollution. Water policies in each of the South Asian countries thus call for a more holistic understanding for the efficient management, equitable distribution and sustainable use of this scarce resource. Analyzing the economic, demographic and ideological context in which water policies are framed and im...

Freshwater Governance for the 21st Century
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 250

Freshwater Governance for the 21st Century

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2016-10-24
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  • Publisher: Springer

The objective of this book is to broadly illustrate the key aspects of water governance, mapping the spectrum of decision-making from techno-centric and eco-centric approaches, to hybrid concepts and people-centric approaches. Topics covered include the challenges for water-governance models, the polycentric model, the integration challenge, water in the decision-making hierarchy, and the rise of water-sensitive design, while also taking into account interdependencies between stakeholders, as well as the issue of scale. The book’s content is presented in an integrated and comprehensive format, building on detailed case studies from around the world and the authors’ working experiences in the water sector. Combining essential insights with accessible, non-technical language, it offers a valuable resource for academics, technicians and policy-makers alike.

Rethinking the Mosaic
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 307

Rethinking the Mosaic

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1999
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  • Publisher: Unknown

With reference to India and Nepal.