Contesting Hidden Waters: Conflict Resolution for Groundwater and Aquifers - Earthscan Water Text (Paperback)W. Todd Jarvis (author)
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The world increasingly relies on groundwater resources for drinking water and the provision of food for a growing population. The utilization of aquifer systems also extends beyond freshwater supply to include other resources such as heat extraction and the storage and disposal of substances.
Unlike other books about conflict resolution and negotiations over water resources, this volume is unique in focusing exclusively on conflicts over groundwater and aquifers. The author explores the specific challenges presented by these "hidden" resources, which are shown to be very different from those posed by surface water resources. Whereas surface watersheds are static, groundwater boundaries are value-laden and constantly changing during development.
The book describes the various issues surrounding the governance and management of these resources and the various parties involved in conflicts and negotiations over them. Through first-hand accounts from a pracademic skilled in both process and substance as a groundwater professional and professional mediator, the book offers options for addressing the challenges and issues through a transdisciplinary approach.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 15 mm
"A refreshingly unique and long awaited approach to understanding the most neglected part of the hydrologic cycle and how we interact with it." - Mark Giordano, Professor and Director of Science, Technology and International Affairs, Georgetown University, USA.
"Population growth brings greater dependency on groundwater. Conflicts are inevitable, and resolution through litigation is often not constructive. Rather than attacking the scientists or the science, Jarvis' Hydro-Trifecta Framework offers a collaborative approach, embracing the best science to facilitate optimum resolutions." - Steve E. Clyde, Clyde Snow Attorneys, USA.
"This is a singular book, due not only to its transdisciplinary focus but also because the author's "Hydro-Trifecta Framework" may allow decision makers to move away from litigation and into a more constructive approach for solving groundwater conflicts. Part of the "Earthscan Water Text" series. Summing Up: Recommended." -E. Gomezdelcampo, Bowling Green State University, CHOICE April 2015
"The author eloquently states that leadership and collaborative efforts may lessen the dueling expert syndrome on public decision-making process. So it is about time to have a holistic transdisciplinary approach to deal amicably with contentious issues involving hidden water sustainability." - G. Agoramoorthy, Environmental Earth Sciences, Tajen University
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