1st Edition

Global Water Resources Festschrift in Honour of Asit K. Biswas

Edited By Cecilia Tortajada, Eduardo Araral Copyright 2022
    362 Pages
    by Routledge

    362 Pages
    by Routledge

    This is a Festschrift in honour of Professor Asit K. Biswas, for his manifold contributions to water resources policy and management and his extensive efforts over six decades to generate, synthetize, apply, and disseminate knowledge at national and global levels.

    Global Water Resources: Festschrift in Honour of Asit K. Biswas includes invited contributions on global water issues from 23 globally renowned leaders in the public and private sectors, as well as academia, who have made significant contributions to the field of water resources policy, management, development and governance. The vision and expertise of this distinguished group of experts provides a unique focus on unfolding water issues and their bearing on world development

    This book will be of great value to scholars, students, and policymakers interested in water resource governance, sustainable development, and climate change.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the International Journal of Water Resources Development.


    Masagos Zulkifli

    Introduction: Festschrift

    Cecilia Tortajada and Eduardo Araral

    1. A decade of work on water governance at the OECD: what have we learnt?

    Angel Gurría

    2. The knowledge economy in the twenty-first century: a modest proposal

    Annie Callanan

    3. Scotland: a world-leading Hydro Nation

    Anton Muscatelli, Erin McKee and Sean McGivern

    4. Nestlé’s corporate water strategy over time: a backward- and forward-looking view

    Paul Bulcke, Samuel Vionnet, Christian Vousvouras and Ghislaine Weder

    5. Scarcity of water or scarcity of management?

    David Molden

    6. Singapore’s water challenges past to present

    Peter Joo Hee Ng and Celine Teo

    7. Facing the challenge of extreme climate: the case of Metropolitan Sao Paulo

    Benedito P.F. Braga and J. Kelman

    8. China’s achievements of water governance over the past seven decades

    Shaofeng Jia and Wenbin Zhu

    9. Some reflections on water for residential uses in developed countries

    Francisco González-Gómez, Miguel Á. García-Rubio and Jorge Guardiola

    10. Can water professionals do more?

    Michael Rouse

    11. Reflections on flood control in Japan and recommendations for developing countries

    Yutaka Takahasi, Kimio Takeya, Miki Inaoka, Wataru Ono and Kaoru Sasaoka

    12. A retrospective analysis of Laos’s Nam Theun 2 Dam

    Thayer Scudder

    13. What I learned from Asit Biswas about transboundary water, ethics, mentoring and, in general, how to be a better human being

    Aaron T. Wolf

    14. Water resilience and human life support - global outlook for the next half century

    Malin Falkenmark

    15. Adaptive and sustainable water management: from improved conceptual foundations to transformative change

    Claudia Pahl-Wostl

    16. Economically challenged and water scarce: identification of global populations most vulnerable to water crises

    Taikan Oki and Rose E. Quiocho

    17. The status of the UN Watercourses Convention: does it still hold water?

    Gabriel Eckstein

    18. Australian water decision making: are politicians performing?

    James Horne

    19. Rent-seeking behaviour and regulatory capture in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia

    R. Quentin Grafton and John Williams

    20. Quenching the thirst of rapidly growing and water-insecure cities in sub-Saharan Africa

    Madiodio Niasse and Olli Varis

    21. Sustainability of water and energy use for food production based on optimal allocation of agricultural irrigation water

    Mo Li and Vijay P. Singh

    22. Rethinking on the methodology for assessing global water and food challenges

    M. Dinesh Kumar, Nitin Bassi and O. P. Singh


    Cecilia Tortajada is Professor at the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow. She has been an advisor to major international institutions like FAO, UNDP, JICA, ADB, OECD, IDRC and GIZ, and has worked in numerous countries in Africa, Asia, North and South America and Europe on water and natural resources management and environment policies. She is a member of the OECD Initiative on Water Governance and recipient of the prestigious Crystal Drop Award of the International Water Resources Association.

    Eduardo Araral is Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He is the Co-Director of the Institute of Water Policy, Vice Chairman of the Asia Pacific Water Forum and Associate Editor of the Oxford University Press book series on water governance.