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Earthscan Series on Major River Basins of the World


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Large river basins are dynamic and complex entities. Defined by hydrological boundaries, they are nearly always shared by more than one country. Encompassing a diverse range of landscapes with often huge temporal and spatial variability of resources, they are put to different and often conflicting uses, and managed by a range of institutions and organisations. While an intrinsic part of Nature, many have been extensively engineered and used by people, often with adverse consequences. Each major river basin has its own development trajectory and often fascinating history. Bringing together multidisciplinary teams of experts, this series explores these complex issues, identifies knowledge gaps and examines potential development pathways towards greater sustainability.

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The Paraná River Basin Managing Water Resources to Sustain Ecosystem Services

The Paraná River Basin Managing Water Resources to Sustain Ecosystem Services

1st Edition

Chris D. Metcalfe, Pablo Collins, Mirta L. Menone, José G. Tundisi
June 30, 2020

This book provides insight into the hydrology, ecosystem services and management of water resources in the Paraná River basin, including the importance of water to the socio-economic development of the countries within the watershed. Running through Brazil. Paraguay and Argentina, the Paraná River...

The Aral Sea Basin Water for Sustainable Development in Central Asia

The Aral Sea Basin Water for Sustainable Development in Central Asia

1st Edition

Stefanos Xenarios, Dietrich Schmidt-Vogt, Manzoor Qadir, Barbara Janusz-Pawletta, Iskandar Abdullaev
September 20, 2019

This book offers the first multidisciplinary overview of water resources issues and management in the Aral Sea Basin, covering both the Amu Darya and Syr Darya River Basins. The two main rivers of Amu Darya and Syr Darya and their tributaries comprise the Aral Sea Basin area and are the lifeline ...

The Zambezi River Basin Water and sustainable development

The Zambezi River Basin Water and sustainable development

1st Edition

Jonathan Lautze, Zebediah Phiri, Vladimir Smakhtin, Davison Saruchera
August 14, 2017

The Zambezi river is the fourth longest in Africa, crossing or bordering Zambia, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The river basin is widely recognised as one of the most important basins in southern Africa and is the focus of contested development, including water for hydropower ...

The Volta River Basin Water for Food, Economic Growth and Environment

The Volta River Basin Water for Food, Economic Growth and Environment

1st Edition

Timothy O. Williams, Marloes Mul, Charles A. Biney, Vladimir Smakhtin
August 30, 2016

The Volta River Basin (VRB) is an important transboundary basin in West Africa that covers approximately 410,000 square kilometres across six countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali and Togo. Its natural resources sustain the livelihoods of its population and contribute to ...

The Ganges River Basin Status and Challenges in Water, Environment and Livelihoods

The Ganges River Basin Status and Challenges in Water, Environment and Livelihoods

1st Edition

Luna Bharati, Bharat R. Sharma, Vladimir Smakhtin
August 31, 2016

The Ganges is one of the most complex yet fascinating river systems in the world. The basin is characterized by a high degree of heterogeneity from climatic, hydrological, geomorphological, cultural, environmental and socio-economic perspectives. More than 500 million people are directly or ...

The Nile River Basin Water, Agriculture, Governance and Livelihoods

The Nile River Basin Water, Agriculture, Governance and Livelihoods

1st Edition

Seleshi Bekele Awulachew, Vladimir Smahktin, David Molden, Don Peden
November 12, 2012

The Nile provides freshwater not only for domestic and industrial use, but also for irrigated agriculture, hydropower dams and the vast fisheries resource of the lakes of Central Africa. The Nile River Basin covers the whole Nile Basin and is based on the results of three major research projects ...

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