Water Crisis: Myth Or Reality? by Peter P. RogersWater Crisis: Myth Or Reality? by Peter P. Rogers

Water Crisis: Myth Or Reality?

EditorPeter P. Rogers, M. RamÑn Llamas, Luis Martinez Cortina

Hardcover | May 15, 2006

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Always considered a classic renewable resource, after a hundred thousand years of farming and industry, rivers in many parts of the world are running dry and the groundwater is over pumped. In addition, the rate at which water sources are becoming contaminated with waste from humans, industry, and agriculture is truly alarming. Do these factors add up to a water crisis that merits drastic, large-scale action?

Not necessarily say the editors ofWater Crisis: Myth or Reality.They challenge this pessimism, concluding that while there are serious global water issues to be considered, the concept of a global water crisis is largely overstated. The book examines the issues and explores which conditions are permanent and unchangeable and which are remediable and changeable. The chapters explore when and where severe regional and local water problems occur and make suggestions about how they may be solved in a deliberate, non-crisis manner.

The book covers recent breakthroughs in desalination technologies, the eco-sanitation revolution, international trade in agricultural products, methods of governance and negotiation in water allocation, and pricing and devolution of property rights and the roles they play in solving water issues. The editors, along with a panel of world-renowned experts, suggest that water issues can be solved over the next few decades using new technologies and processes.

Peter P. Rogers, of Harvard University in the United States, is a member of the World Commission on Water for the 21st Century. He has served as a consultant on water resources to various government agencies in India, China, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Morocco, and Costa Rica. He has also consulted widely with the UN system, the World Bank, ...
Title:Water Crisis: Myth Or Reality?Format:HardcoverDimensions:344 pages, 9.69 × 6.85 × 0.9 inPublished:May 15, 2006Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415364388

ISBN - 13:9780415364386


Table of Contents

Part I: Water Policy and Management 1. Water Governance, Water Security and Water SustainabilityP. Rogers 2. Water for Growth and SecurityW.J. Cosgrove 3. Collective Systems for Water Management: Is the Tragedy of the Commons a Myth?E. Schlager & E. L'pez-Gunn  Part II: The Economic Value of Water 4. The Economic Conception of WaterW.M. Hanemann 5. The Value of Water and Theories of Economic Growth M.S. Aguirre Part III: Irrigation 6. Irrigation Efficiency, a Key Issue: More Crops Per DropK.D. Frederick 7. Irrigation Efficiency, a Key Issue: More Crops Per Drop, Observations and CommentsP. Arrojo Part IV: Virtual Water  8. Virtual Water ' Part of an Invisible Synergy that Ameliorates Water Scarcity J.A. Allan 9. Virtual Water ' Part of an Invisible Synergy that Ameliorates Water Scarcity: CommentaryJ. Ramirez-Vallejo  Part V: Groundwater 10. Significance of the Silent Revolution of Intensive Groundwater Use in World Water PolicyM.R. Llamas & P. Mart'z-Santos 11. Is Intensive Use of Groundwater a Solution to World's Water Crisis? A. Mukherji  Part VI: Water and Poverty Alleviation 12. Water and Poverty Alleviation: the Role of Investments and Policy InterventionsR. Bhatia & M. Bhatia 13. Do Investments and Policy Interventions Reach the Poorest of the Poor?C.A. Sullivan  Part VII: Water and Nature 14. Water and Nature: The Berth of LifeF. Garc'Novo & F. Garc'Bouzas 15. Water and Nature: a Critical Link for Solving the Water Management CrisisG. Bergkamp  Part VIII: New Technologies to Cope with Water Scarcity 16. Water Recycling ' A Relevant Solution? T. Asano 17. Urban and Industrial Watersheds and Ecological Sanitation: Two Sustainable Strategies for On-Site Urban Water Management D. del Porto 18. Potential Paper of DesalinationJ. Uche, A. Valero & L. Serra 19. Potential Role of Desalinization: CommentsE. Custodio