Development trajectories of river basins: a conceptual framework
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Molle, F. 2003. Development trajectories of river basins: a conceptual framework. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI). v, 32p. (IWMI Research Report 072) doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3910/2009.023
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The development of societies is shaped to a large extent by their resources base, notably water resources. Access to and control of water depend primarily on the available technology and engineering feats, such as river-diversion structures, canals, dams and dikes. As growing human pressure on water resources brings actual water use closer to potential ceilings, supply-augmentation options get scarcer, and societies, therefore, usually respond by adopting conservation measures and by reallocating water towards more beneficial uses.