Siren Song

Author: Carl J. Bauer,
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136527737
Format: PDF, ePub
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Increasing scarcity, conflict, and environmental damage are critical features of the global water crisis. As governments, international organizations, NGOs, and corporations have tried to respond, Chilean water law has seemed an attractive alternative to older legislative and regulatory approaches. Boldly introduced in 1981, the Chilean model is the worlds leading example of a free market approach to water law, water rights, and water resource management. Despite more than a decade of international debate, however, a comprehensive, balanced account of the Chilean experience has been unavailable. Siren Song is an interdisciplinary analysis combining law, political economy, and geography. Carl Bauer places the Chilean model of water law in international context by reviewing the contemporary debate about water economics and policy reform. He follows with an account of the Chilean experience, drawing on primary and secondary sources in Spanish and English, including interviews with key people in Chile. He presents the debate about reforming the law after Chiles 1990 return to democratic government, as well as emerging views about how water markets have worked in practice. The resulting book provides insights about law, economics, and public policy within Chile and lessons for the countries around the world that are wrestling with the challenges of water policy reform.

Water for Food Water for Life

Author: David Molden
Publisher: Earthscan
ISBN: 1844073971
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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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.

Managing Transboundary Waters of Latin America

Author: Asit K. Biswas
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135715246
Format: PDF
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Definitive analyses of transboundary water management in Latin America are conspicuous by their absence. The situation is a little better for rivers compared to groundwater resources. Transboundary water management in Latin America has been evolving in a somewhat different manner compared to other continents. The book includes eight authoritative case studies of Latin American transboundary rivers and aquifers, as well as a thinkpiece on the complexities of managing aquifers based on global experiences. The case studies are of different scales, ranging from the mighty Amazon to small Silala. The overall focus of the book is on ways in which such difficult and complex rivers and aquifers that are shared by two or more countries can be managed efficiently and equitably, and on the lessons, both positive and negative, that other regions can learn from the Latin American experience. This book was published as a special issue of the International Journal of Water Resources Development.

L eau mondialis e

Author: Graciela Schneier-Madanes
Publisher: Editions La Découverte
ISBN:
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Face à un champ de l'eau traditionnellement fragmenté en de multiples thématiques rivales - réseau, ressource, service public, marchandise, bien collectif, droit à l'eau -, le présent ouvrage, façonné au sein d'un véritable atelier pluridisciplinaire, le " rés-eau-ville " du CNRS, rassemblant des spécialistes venus des divers horizons des sciences humaines et sociales, entend contribuer à une indispensable " réunification ". Au fil d'exemples nationaux, régionaux ou locaux et sur quatre continents (Europe, Amérique latine, Afrique, Asie), se dessine avec force le fil conducteur qui rattache la gestion de l'eau au processus de la mondialisation. L'eau mondialisée apparaît comme un laboratoire global où s'élaborent des gouvernances aussi diverses qu'originales. Les modèles anciens sont bousculés par la dynamique des forces sociales : usagers, collectivités territoriales, ONG, technocraties nationales et internationales... Des expériences sont engagées, des conflits éclatent, des compromis se nouent, des pratiques reçoivent valeur juridique, des institutions sont mises en place : par-delà ce bouillonnement d'idées et d'initiatives se profile l'un des enjeux majeurs du XXIe siècle, à savoir la prise en charge collective d'un accès à l'eau du plus grand nombre.