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
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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
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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.

Water Food And Poverty In River Basins

Author: Myles J. Fisher
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1135724202
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Conventional wisdom says that the world is heading for a major water crisis. By 2050, global population will increase from 7 billion to a staggering 9.5 billion and the demands this will place on food and water systems will inevitably push river basins over the edge. The findings from this book present a different picture. While it is convenient to visualize an inevitable global water and food crisis in which increasing demands result in increasing poverty, food insecurity and conflict, the reality is far more nuanced and revolves around the politics of equitable and sustainable development of resources. The first part of this book provides detailed insight into conditions of water flows within nine river basins. In the second part, authors summarize and re-analyze the outcome of the nine basins, providing a coherent global picture of water, water productivity and development. They assess the impacts of variations of these attributes on development and approaches for poverty alleviation, and explore the institutional factors that support or obstruct change. How people will manage river systems while protecting vital ecosystem functions will make the difference between catastrophe and survival. As Prof Asit Biswas points out, "... the world is facing a water crisis not because of physical scarcity of water but because of poor management practices in nearly all countries of the world." The book is based on the four years (2006-2010) of extensive research into the state of ten of the world’s major river basins carried out under the CGIAR Challenge Program for Water and Food’s Basin Focal Project. This book was published as a special issue of Water International.

Blaues Gold

Author: Maude Barlow
Editor:
ISBN: 9783888973758
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Handbuch Diskurs

Author: Ingo H. Warnke
Editor: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 3110296071
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Das Handbuch behandelt ‚Diskurs‘ als linguistisches Konzept. Mit theoretischer Verankerung in einer Diskursanalyse nach Foucault ist darunter ein unauflösbarer Zusammenhang von linguistischen Aussagen und Praxisformen der Sprache zu verstehen, die Wissen gleichermaßen referenzieren und konstruieren. Da Diskurs aber nicht nur ein systematischer Terminus zur Hierarchisierung des sprachlichen Konstituentensystems ist, sondern auch und je nach Konzeption vor allem eine transversale Dimension der Sprache und ihrer Analyse bezeichnet, ergeben sich aus diskurslinguistischen Erkenntnisinteressen vielfältige innerdisziplinäre und interdisziplinäre Bezüge. Das Handbuch reflektiert diese Bezüge in vier Teilen. In Teil I. werden Basiskonzepte und Anschlusstheorien vorgestellt. In II. wird die Frage nach angemessenen Methoden der Diskurslinguistik durch sechs grundlegende methodische Angebote behandelt. In III. werden linguistische Ansätze der Analyse von Diskursen als dynamische, heterogene und auch agonale Konstellationen dargestellt. In Teil IV. wird die Materialität des Diskurses als wissensbezogene Kodierung von sozialen Aushandlungen und Überzeugungen behandelt. Der Band erfasst damit die gesamte aktuelle Diskussion der Diskurslinguistik.