The Volta River Basin

Author: Timothy O. Williams
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 131747953X
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The Volta River Basin (VRB) is an important transboundary basin in West Africa that covers approximately 410,000 square kilometres across six countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali and Togo. Its natural resources sustain the livelihoods of its population and contribute to economic development. This book provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary review and assessment of the issues and challenges faced. The authors provide a science-based assessment of current and future scenarios of water availability, the demands of key sectors, including agriculture and hydropower, and the environment under changing demographic, economic, social and climatic conditions. They also identify solutions and strategies that will allow available water resources to be sustainably used to improve agricultural productivity, food security and economic growth in the VRB. Overall, the work examines from a multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder perspective the solutions and strategies to improve the use of water and other natural resources in the VRB to achieve enhanced food security, livelihoods and economic growth.

The Zambezi River Basin

Author: Jonathan Lautze
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1315282038
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The Zambezi river is the fourth longest in Africa, crossing or bordering Zambia, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The river basin is widely recognised as one of the most important basins in southern Africa and is the focus of contested development, including water for hydropower and for agriculture and the environment. This book provides a thorough review of water and sustainable development in the Zambezi, in order to identify critical issues and propose constructive ways forward. The book first reviews the availability and use of water resources in the basin, outlines the basin’s economic potential and highlights key concerns related to climate vulnerability and risk. Focus is then devoted to hydropower and the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus, sustainable agricultural water management, and threats and opportunities related to provision of ecosystem services. The impact of urbanisation and water quality is also examined, as well as ways to enhance transboundary water cooperation. Last, the book assesses the level of water security in the basin, and provides suggestions for achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6. Throughout, emphasis is placed on entry points for basin-level management to foster improved paths forward.

The Ganges River Basin

Author: Luna Bharati
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1317479475
Size: 19,79 MB
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The Ganges is one of the most complex yet fascinating river systems in the world. The basin is characterized by a high degree of heterogeneity from climatic, hydrological, geomorphological, cultural, environmental and socio-economic perspectives. More than 500 million people are directly or indirectly dependent upon the Ganges River Basin, which spans China, Nepal, India and Bangladesh. While there are many books covering one aspect of the Ganges, ranging from hydrology to cultural significance, this book is unique in presenting a comprehensive inter-disciplinary overview of the key issues and challenges facing the region. Contributors from the three main riparian nations assess the status and trends of water resources, including the Himalayas, groundwater, pollution, floods, drought and climate change. They describe livelihood systems in the basin, and the social, economic, geopolitical and institutional constraints, including transboundary disputes, to achieving productive, sustainable and equitable water access. Management of the main water-use sectors and their inter-linkages are reviewed, as well as the sustainability and trade-offs in conservation of natural systems and resource development such as for hydropower or agriculture.

Water For Food Water For Life

Author: David Molden
Editor: Earthscan
ISBN: 1844073971
Size: 18,84 MB
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Managing water resources is one of the most pressing challenges of our times - fundamental to how we feed 2 billion more people in coming decades, eliminate poverty, and reverse ecosystem degradation. This Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture, involving more than 700 leading specialists, evaluates current thinking on water and its interplay with agriculture to help chart the way forward. It offers actions for water management and water policy - to ensure more equitable and effective use.This assessment describes key water-food-environment trends that influence our lives today and uses scenarios to explore the consequences of a range of potential investments. It aims to inform investors and policymakers about water and food choices in light of such crucial influences as poverty, ecosystems, governance, and productivity. It covers rainfed agriculture, irrigation, groundwater, marginal-quality water, fisheries, livestock, rice, land, and river basins. Ample tables, graphs, and references make this an invaluable work for practitioners, academics, researchers, and policymakers in water management, agriculture, conservation, and development.Published with IWMI.

Environmental Flows In Water Resources Policies Plans And Projects

Author: Rafik Hirji
Editor: World Bank Publications
ISBN: 0821380125
Size: 14,22 MB
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This book advances the understanding and integration in operational terms of environmental flows (water allocation) into integrated water resources management (IWRM). Based on an in-depth analysis of 17 global water policy, plan, and project case studies, it addresses the highly contested complexities of environmentally responsible water resources development, broadens the global perspectives on "equitable sharing" and "sustainable use" of water resources, and expands the definitions of "benefits sharing" in high-risk water resources development. The book fills a major gap in knowledge on IWRM and forms an important contribution to the ongoing discourse on climate change adaptation in the water sector.

Climate Change In Contrasting River Basins

Author: Jeroen C. J. H. Aerts
Editor: Cabi
ISBN: 9780851998350
Size: 19,40 MB
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1. Adaptation for Regional Water Management - J. Aerts and P. Droogers; 2. Evaluating Downscaling Methods for Preparing Global Circulation Model (GCM) Data for Hydrological Impact Modelling - L.M. Bouwe, J.C.J.H. Aerts, G.M. van de Coterlet, N. van de Giesen, A. Gieske and C. Mannaerts; 3. Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change to Sustain Food Security - P. Droogers, J. van Dam, J. Hoogeveen and R. Loeve; 4. Water for the Environment: Exploring Adaptations to Climate Change in River Basins - R. Lasage and J. Aerts; 5. How Much Water will be Available for Irrigation in the Future?" The Syr Darya Basin (Central Asia) - O.S. Savoskul and E.V. Chevnina; 6. Maintaining Sustainable Agriculture Under Climate Change. Zayandeh Rud Basin (Iran) - S. Morid, A.R. Massah, M. Agha Alikhani and K. Mohammadi; 7. Increasing Climate Variability in the Rhine Basin: Business as Usual? - H. Klein, K.J. Douben, W. van Deursen and E. de Ruyter van Steveninck; 8. Will We Produce Sufficient Food Under Climate Change? Mekong Basin (South East Asia) - C.T. Hoanh, H. Guttman, P. Droogers and J.C.J.H. Aerts; 9. Can We Maintain Food Production Without Losing Hydropower? The Volta Basin (West Africa) - W. Andah, N. van de Giessen, A. Huber-Lee and C.A. Biney; 10. Will There be Sufficient Water Under Internal and External Changes? Walawe Basin, Sri Lanka - H.M. Jayatillake and P. Droogers; 11. How Can We Sustain Agriculture and Ecosystems? The Sacramento Basin (California, USA) - A. Huber-Lee, D. Yates, D. Purkey, W. Yu, C. Young and B. Runkle; 12. Food Demand and Production: A Global and Regional Perspective - K. Strzepek, A. Mccluskey, J. Hoogeveen and J. van Dam; 13. Adaptation to Climate Change: A Research Agenda for the Future - J. Aerts, P. Droogers and S. Werners.

The State Of The World S Land And Water Resources For Food And Agriculture

Author: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1136498877
Size: 14,81 MB
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The State of the World's Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture is FAO's first flagship publication on the global status of land and water resources. It is an 'advocacy' report, to be published every three to five years, and targeted at senior level decision makers in agriculture as well as in other sectors. SOLAW is aimed at sensitizing its target audience on the status of land resources at global and regional levels and FAO's viewpoint on appropriate recommendations for policy formulation. SOLAW focuses on these key dimensions of analysis: (i) quantity, quality of land and water resources, (ii) the rate of use and sustainable management of these resources in the context of relevant socio-economic driving factors and concerns, including food security and poverty, and climate change. This is the first time that a global, baseline status report on land and water resources has been made. It is based on several global spatial databases (e.g. land suitability for agriculture, land use and management, land and water degradation and depletion) for which FAO is the world-recognized data source. Topical and emerging issues on land and water are dealt with in an integrated rather than sectoral manner. The implications of the status and trends are used to advocate remedial interventions which are tailored to major farming systems within different geographic regions.

Dependence Of Riparian Communities On Ecosystem Services In Northern Ghana

Author: Mul, Marloes
Editor: International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
ISBN: 9290908637
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Transboundary Water Management

Author: Anton Earle
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1136531092
Size: 17,70 MB
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The management of water resources across boundaries, whether sub-national or international, is one of the most difficult challenges facing water managers today. The upstream exploitation or diversion of groundwater or rivers can have devastating consequences for those living downstream, and transboundary rivers can provide a source of conflict between nations or states, particularly where water resources are scarce. Similarly, water based-pollution can spread across borders and create disputes and a need for sound governance. This book is the first to bring together in a concise and accessible way all of the main topics to be considered when managing transboundary waters. It will raise the awareness of practitioners of the various issues needed to be taken into account when making water management decisions and provide a practically-based overview for advanced students. The authors show clearly how vital it is to cooperate effectively over the management of shared waters to unlock their contribution to regional sustainable development. The book is largely based on a long-running and tested international training programme, run by the Stockholm International Water Institute and Ramboll Natura, and supported by the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (Sida), where the respective authors have presented modules on the programmes. It addresses issues not only of conflict, but also of managing power asymmetries, benefit-sharing, stakeholder participation, international water law, environmental water requirements and regional development. It will be particularly useful for those with a background in hydrology or engineering who wish to broaden their management skills.

The Future Of Water In African Cities

Author: Michael Jacobsen
Editor: World Bank Publications
ISBN: 0821397222
Size: 20,55 MB
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Coping with increasing water demand of rapidly-growing cities in Sub-Saharan Africa will require new and innovative planning and management solutions. This book presents Integrated Urban Water Management, an innovative and holistic approach for all components of the urban water cycle to better adapt to current and future urban water challenges.