The future in deep water?
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CTA. 2000. The future in deep water?. Spore 86. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The Blue Revolution. Land Use and Integrated Water Resources Management
Water is increasingly scarce on our planet. Different stakeholders have different needs, and even fight over it. That is logical, now that water is often seen as an economic good and not as free common property (see Spore 74). To develop a sound policy for the sustainable use of water resources, the concept of integrated water resources management (IWRM) is gaining ground worldwide. In The Blue Revolution, Ian Calder argues that IWRM can be a useful tool but it truly 'must accommodate means of obtaining progressive commitments from stakeholders to new developments and initiatives'. Water cannot be managed by implementing technological solutions alone. They must be blended with methods dealing with human dimensions, like economic and social development or land use planning. For Calder, this is the essence of what he calls the 'blue revolution'. His book brings together the latest insights in land-water relations, illustrated with cases from around the world. He discusses new ways of calculating evaporation in different types of vegetation. And he unmasks myths such as 'felling highland forests might not always be the main reason for floods in lower regions'. The book succeeds in its purpose of providing new information and tools so that the people who are involved in and are affected by water resource management can make the best decisions. The Blue Revolution. IR Calder. Earthscan Publications. 1999. 192 pp. ISBN 1 85383 634 6. £15.95 26.15 Earthscan Publications. 120 Pentonville Road, London N1 9JN, UK. Fax: +44 171 837 6348 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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