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Asian Perspectives on Water Policy

1st Edition

Edited by Cecilia Tortajada, Asit K. Biswas


189 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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Asian countries are not homogenous. They are in different stages of social and economic development, with cultural conditions and institutional and legal frameworks varying from one country to another. Therefore, how water can be successfully managed differs from one country to another. The book provides authoritative analyses of how water is being managed in different Asian countries, ranging from the world’s most populous countries like China and India to a city state like Singapore and an island country like Fiji. It also analyses in depth several wide ranging issues like terrorism, human rights, water-energy nexus, and roles of media, along with comprehensive discussions of legal, institutional and regulatory frameworks in an Asian water management context. The overall focus is on how water can be managed efficiently, cost-effectively and equitably in various Asian countries.

This book was based on a special issue of the International Journal of Water Resources Development.

Table of Contents

1. Cooperation or Conflict in Transboundary Water Management: Case Study of South Asia 2. The Singapore-Malaysia Water Relationship 3. China’s Legal System for Water Management: Basic Challenges and Policy Recommendations 4. The Water-Energy Puzzle in Central Asia: The Tajikistan Perspective 5. The Emergence of Water as a ‘Human Right’ on the World Stage: Challenges and Opportunities 6. Terrorism – A New Perspective in the Water Management Landscape 7. Singapore Water Management Policies and Practices 8. Water Management in Fiji 9. Urban Water Systems – Factors for Successful Change? 10. Eliminating ‘Yuck’: A Simple Exposition of Media and Social Change in Water Reuse Policies 11. Agricultural Groundwater Management in Andhra Predesh, India: A Focus on free Electricity Policy and its Reform

About the Editors

Cecilia Tortajada is the Scientific Director of the International Centre of Water and Environment, Zaragoza, Spain, and Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

Asit K. Biswas is the founder and Chief Executive of the Third World Centre for Water Management, an innovative think tank in Mexico. He is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, and also at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar.

About the Series

Routledge Special Issues on Water Policy and Governance

Most of the world’s water problems, and their solutions, are directly related to policies and governance, both specific to water and in general. Two of the world’s leading journals in this area, the International Journal of Water Resources Development (sponsored by the Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico) and Water International (the official journal of the International Water Resources Association), contribute to this special issues series, aimed at disseminating new knowledge on the policy and governance of water resources to a very broad and diverse readership all over the world. The series should be of direct interest to all policy makers, professionals and lay readers concerned with obtaining the latest perspectives on addressing the world’s many water issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography