A key premise explored is that despite the diversity of jurisdictions and catchments there are commonalities to a successful approach. The authors show that environmental and public health water quality criteria must be integrated with the economic and social goals of those affected, necessitating a 'twin-track' and holistic (cross-sector and discipline) approach of stakeholder engagement and sound scientific research.
A final synthesis presents a set of principles for adaptive catchment management. These principles demonstrate how to integrate the best scientific and technical knowledge with policy, governance and legal provisions. It is shown how decision-making and implementation at the appropriate geographic and governmental scales can resolve conflicts and share best sustainable practices.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 292
Weight: 580 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
"The authors correctly note that, while people will generally want higher water quality, there are numerous trade-offs that would diminish their willingness to change behaviours that negatively affect water quality and quantity. Water pollution could thus be regarded as a `market failure', requiring intervention by policymakers such as regulation, incentives and voluntary agreements with land users, self-regulation, education campaigns, etc." - African Journal of Aquatic Science, John P Simaika, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
"The book will be particularly useful to those engaged in Catchment Partnerships through Defra's Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) programme, whether in pointing out ways forward or giving confidence that persistence with building communites of practice will gain success in the longer term - anyone strarting in catchment management will soon realise that developments do not happen overnight!" - Bob Harris, Costal Futures
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