Rivers and Sustainable Development

Alternative Approaches and Their Implications
 
 
Oxford University Press
  • erschienen am 15. August 2020
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  • 500 Seiten
 
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Rivers are a vital component of ecology-the earth's hydrological cycle depends on them. However, across the world, rivers are under stress and even in crisis. With rising populations, the demand for river water is increasing. Many rivers fail to reach the sea because of excessive withdrawal of water, and many other rivers are heading toward the same fate. Conflicts over river water are increasing, and climate change is making matters worse. River policies pursued so far are often aggravating these challenges rather than solving them. Yet, sustainable development requires healthy rivers. Urgent change in the approach and policies toward rivers is therefore required. In this book, Nazrul Islam points to the ways in which river policies need to change to ensure sustainable development. He offers a new conceptual framework, using such concepts as the Commercial and Cordon approaches to rivers and their opposite, the Ecological and Open approaches. He shows that while the former generally work against sustainability, the latter are conducive to sustainable development. The book illustrates this reality by drawing upon worldwide experience regarding rivers. Going forward, river policies therefore should be based on Ecological and Open approaches. Islam argues further that the use of the new conceptual framework offered in this book can help to connect the river related discussion of experts with that of activists. It can thus help to move the discussion of river policies from the narrow confines of experts to the wider arena of the public, who should have a greater role in formulation of river policies in order to safeguard public interests and ensure sustainability. The book serves as a valuable guide for those interested in learning about river policy changes necessary to promote sustainable development.
  • Englisch
  • Oxford
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  • USA
  • 50,94 MB
978-0-19-007903-1 (9780190079031)
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S. Nazrul Islam is Senior Economic Affairs Officer of Development Policy and Analysis Division in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Islam is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of Economics and Finance in the Tobin School of Business at St. Johns University.
Preface Glossary of Terms Chapter 1: Rivers, Sustainable Development, and Policies Chapter 2: Commercial Approach to Rivers: Origin and Spread Chapter 3: Consequences of the Commercial Approach to Rivers Chapter 4: Application to the Commercial Approach: A Few Case Studies Chapter 5: Commercial Approach and River-Related Conflicts in South Asia Chapter 6: Introduction to the Ecological Approach Chapter 7: Ecological Approach as Part of Greater Environmental Awareness Chapter 8: Spread of the Ecological Approach Across the World Chapter 9: Cordon Approach to Rivers: The Lateral Version of the Commerical Approach Chapter 10: Open Approach to Rivers: The Lateral Version of the Ecological Approach Chapter 11: Cordon Approach in a Delta Chapter 12: Open Approach to Rivers in a Delta Chapter 13: Rivers, Policies, and Interest References Index

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