1st Edition

Asian Perspectives on Water Policy

Edited By Cecilia Tortajada, Asit Biswas Copyright 2012
    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    188 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    1. Cooperation or Conflict in Transboundary Water Management: Case Study of South Asia, Asit K. Biswas (from Hydrological Sciences Journal)

    2. The Singapore-Malaysia Water Relationship, Cecilia Tortajada (from Hydrological Sciences Journal)

    3. China’s Legal System for Water Management: Basic Challenges and Policy Recommendations, Peng Shugang      

    4. The Water-Energy Puzzle in Central Asia: The Tajikistan Perspective, Murodbek Laldjebaev         

    5. The Emergence of Water as a ‘Human Right’ on the World Stage: Challenges and Opportunities, Arjun Kumar Khadka            

    6. Terrorism—A New Perspective in the Water Management Landscape, Tristan Sim Tong Ping    

    7. Singapore Water Management Policies and Practices, Ivy Ong Bee Luan        

    8. Water Management in Fiji, Vinesh Kumar           

    9. Urban Water Systems—Factors for Successful Change?, Pong Kok Tian        

    10. Eliminating ‘Yuck’: A Simple Exposition of Media and Social Change in Water Reuse Policies, Leong Ching


    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.