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River Basin Management in the Twenty-First Century
Understanding People and Place

ISBN 9781466579620
Published July 10, 2014 by CRC Press
542 Pages 11 Color & 41 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

River Basins: what are they and why do we study them?

Terminology, definitions,

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)

Blue Nile

Yellow river

Tigris Euphrates etc


Orange River, RSA/Namibia

Murray Darling

US rivers

Legislative and policy issues in Basin management

Legal prescription v. local reality

Examples of best practice?

What is generally accepted best practice?

Cultural viewpoints

Experience with “best practice”: how transferable is it?

Implementation issues

Education and extension

Capacity development

Key word Index

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Squires, Victor Roy; Milner, Hugh Martin; Daniell, Katherine Anne