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This book provides a useful collection of chapters and will be of interest to readers in South Asia, as well as, development professionals, social activists and water systems engineers everywhere.
This volume is undoubtedly a stimulating contribution to the recently unfolding global debate that centers on several issues, like the management of nature, climate change, environmental degradation, and an increasing resource crunch…This collection of essays is a significant contribution to the history of water and it is expected to open up a fresh dialogue between the disciplines about the management and conservation of water.
Water First brings together cutting edge interdisciplinary perspectives from renowned scholars on the histories, politics, ecologies and cultures of water. Through a rich offering of case studies and local examples, it elaborates on current water management practices have inspired, and the policies that have impacted the patterns of water use. This book will be of great interest to policy makers, social scientists students, research bodies and organisations, and national and international development and donor agencies.
The book…should be given Biblical status by policy makers and water experts to understand the cultures, ecologies, histories and the politics of water issues in detail…. The book offers interesting observations on the gap that has so blatantly been exploited over the years. The South Asian region must pull its act to deal with diminishing water, and realize that a lot of cleaning up needs to be done before it is too late. This book will explain how to do just that.
This book is all about water. It is authored by academics, some of whom can write in a way lay people can understand. Importantly, all the essays are profusely referenced, so someone wanting to read further knows where to look.