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Water Management in Megacities

1st Edition

Edited by Cecilia Tortajada, Olli Varis, Asit K. Biswas, Jan Lundqvist


220 pages

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Efficient and equitable water, wastewater and stormwater management for the megacities is becoming an increasingly complex task. The special issue will focus on water management in its totality for megacities, including their technical, social, economic, legal, institutional and environmental dimensions through a series of specially invited case studies from different megacities of the world.

At present, around one out of two of the earth’s 6.3 billion people live in urban areas. Each year, the world population grows by around 80 millions. Practically all of this growth is urban, primarily due to migration. World’s urban population is expected to reach 5 billion by 2030, which is nearly 2/3rd more than in 2000, and would mean that 60% of world’s population will live in urban areas.

The case studies analysed include some of the most interesting and challenging megacities of this planet, Dhaka, Istanbul, Jakarta, Johannesburg, México City, Riyadh and São Paulo. They assess different aspects of how water is intermingled in the overall development milleau. The special issue will considers the magnitudes, nature and extent of the present and future challenges and how these could be meet in socially acceptable and cost-effective ways. The contributors are all acknowledged water experts from different parts of the world.

This book was previously published as a special issue of the International Journal of Water Resource s Development.

Table of Contents

Preface, Asit K. Biswas and Cecilia Tortajada

Water Management in Megacities, Olli Varis, Jan Lundqvist, Cecilia Tortajada, and Asit K. Biswas.

Olli Varis: Megacities, Development and Water

Asit K. Biswas: Water Management in Megacities: Current Situation and Future Prospects Anthony Turton: The Hydropolitics of Johannesburg

Dogan Altinbilek: Water Management in Megacities: Case Study of Istanbul

Walid Abderrahman: Urban Water Management in Arriyadh City, Saudi Arabia

Achmad Lanti: Regulatory Approach to the Jakarta Water Supply Concession Contracts

Azharul Haq: Water Management in Megacities: Case of Dhaka

Ben Braga: Total Urban Water Management of the Metropolitan Region of Sao Paulo

Cecilia Tortajada: Water Management for Mexico City Metropolitan Area


About the Series

Routledge Special Issues on Water Policy and Governance

Most of the world’s water problems, and their solutions, are directly related to policies and governance, both specific to water and in general. Two of the world’s leading journals in this area, the International Journal of Water Resources Development (sponsored by the Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico) and Water International (the official journal of the International Water Resources Association), contribute to this special issues series, aimed at disseminating new knowledge on the policy and governance of water resources to a very broad and diverse readership all over the world. The series should be of direct interest to all policy makers, professionals and lay readers concerned with obtaining the latest perspectives on addressing the world’s many water issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Hydrology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries