Droughts and Integrated Water Resource Management in South Asia: Issues, Alternatives and Futures - Water in South Asia (Hardback)
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Droughts and Integrated Water Resource Management in South Asia: Issues, Alternatives and Futures - Water in South Asia (Hardback)

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Droughts have formed an inseparable part of South Asian history and culture, with tragic consequences for a region that houses the greatest number of the world's poor. However, this volume challenges the popular conception of drought, which is presented as an absolute shortage-scarcity with respect to an implicit understanding of the sufficiency of water. It highlights the fact that while available water supplies may be a given quantum, droughts are differentially experienced, politically inspired and socially constituted. It emphasises that the relative water scarcity needs to be appreciated, and argues that water scarcity means different things for diverse constituencies of water users. Policy prescriptions based on definitional premises will be flawed, as a misrepresentation of drought as merely water scarcity serves a political agenda. The editors and contributors of this volume critically evaluate the concept of drought, the way it is defined, its origin/derivation, and the purposes/interests it serves.

This book is broadly divided into three major sections: the thematic section, country overviews, and case studies. Through these, it attempts to:
- Understand the concept of drought.
- Map diversity in drought situations across South Asia.
- Identify responses to drought.
- Outline viable options for more integrated approaches to drought policies and mitigation strategies.
- Initiate a process of dialogue on a more comprehensive public policy for drought management.

Comprehensive, thought-provoking, informative, and featuring new research data, this collection will provide policy makers and professionals with the opportunity to discuss and debate policies for sustainable livelihood support systems and drought management. It would also be an invaluable source of information for students and teachers working in the fields of Water and Natural Resource Management, Environmental Planning, Agricultural Economics, Rural Development, Public Policy and Public Administration.

Publisher: SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd
ISBN: 9788178298597
Number of pages: 380
Weight: 546 g
Dimensions: 215 x 139 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

The book discusses the drought and integrated water management in South Asia in comparatively macro perspective...It has a value addition to the literature as it covers different regions and levels of droughts.

-- Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics

The book is collection of articles on drought and drought management in South Asia by some renowned researchers and civil society workers engaged in the area of water resource management... Topics are discussed in a thorough and insightful manner.... The major contribution of this book is that it synthesizes and reflects on what could be called "the new conventional wisdom' on drought.

-- The Book Review

The book is an important contribution to current discourses on water scarcity and the associated human dimensions in South Asia, evolution of governmental response over the last almost 150 years, the continuing issues concerning equity, skewed access to development resources/plans and the lack of gender equality. In addition, some contributions also focus on the way forward, with sound conceptual and practical approaches.

-- Current Science

Usefully divided into three major sections-themes, country overviews and case studies-this collection initiates a process of dialogue on a more comprehensive public policy for drought management. We all know it is much needed.

-- Civil Society

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