Water Stress: Some Symptoms and Causes: A Case Study of Ta'iz, Yemen, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Water Stress: Some Symptoms and Causes

A Case Study of Ta'iz, Yemen, 1st Edition

By Chris D. Handley


264 pages

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Why is the bread basket of Arabia importing more water via grain than is pumped locally by all sectors and why does nobody notice? How can the same water be sold to different users at prices varying by five orders of magnitude? How can the biggest names in development throw millions of dollars at supplying water to a city and not an extra drop has emerged? Why do some of the wealthiest companies in the Middle East and their multinational associates get away with polluting water resources? This book presents the complex and fascinating account of Ta'iz, Yemen, a city embroiled in severe water stress as a consequence of environmental degradation, political facades, conflicting legal systems, military intervention and institutional incompetence. The result is a remarkable, compelling and controversial book which will be essential reading for academics, development agencies and NGOs around the world.


'I recommend the book to anyone who is involved in water resource management in semi-arid and arid regions and also to academics, who will find an extensive case study on water resources problems.' International Journal of Environment and Pollution

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Autopsy of an aquifer; A socio-economic map of water allocation and use; Discussion: anatomy of a water crisis; Conclusions; Photographs; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Chris D. Handley, SOAS, University of London, UK

About the Series

King's SOAS Studies in Development Geography

King's SOAS Studies in Development Geography
Both the School of Oriental and African Studies and King's College, whose geography departments merged in 2001, have established international reputations for their research into these areas. This series publishes original research into all aspects of geography in the developing world, particularly linking environmental and development issues. It will be of critical interest to geographers and academics in the fields of development studies, political science, environmental studies and economics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Hydrology