Worldwide development of agriculture and industry creates burgeoning demands on natural resources. Management of the rivers and the surrounding landscape is one of the important tasks for today and for the foreseeable future. Lessons learned from centuries of management (and mismanagement) have been distilled into principles and practices which form the subject matter for this book. It provides both a global perspective and an entrée to the special problems associated with management of transboundary rivers.
River Basins: what are they and why do we study them?
Importance and implications for mismanagement
Considerations for groundwater
River basins of the world’s mid latitude regions
Overview - by Continent
Transboundary rivers: a special case
Case studies on representative basins (outlining problems and prospects)
Tigris Euphrates etc
Orange River, RSA/Namibia
Legislative and policy issues in Basin management
Legal prescription v. local reality
Examples of best practice?
What is generally accepted best practice?
Experience with “best practice”: how transferable is it?
Education and extension
Key word Index