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Water, Place, and Equity

ISBN-10: 0262731916
ISBN-13: 9780262731911
Edition: 2008
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Description: Many predict that by the end of this century water will dominate world natural resources politics as oil does today. Access to water is widely regarded as a basic human right, and was declared so by the United Nations in 1992. And yet the water  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 8/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Many predict that by the end of this century water will dominate world natural resources politics as oil does today. Access to water is widely regarded as a basic human right, and was declared so by the United Nations in 1992. And yet the water crisis grows: although the total volume of water on the planet may be sufficient for our needs, much of it is misallocated, wasted, or polluted, and the poorest of the poor live in arid areas where water is scarce. The coming decade will require new perspectives on water resources and reconsideration of the principles of water governance and policy. Water, Place, and Equityargues that fairness in the allocation of water will be a cornerstone to a more equitable ands secure future for humankind. With analyses and case studies, it demonstrates that considerations of equity are more important in formulating and evaluating water policy than the more commonly invoked notions of efficiency and markets. The case studies through which the book explores issues of water equity range from cost and benefit disparities that result from Southern California's storm water runoff policies to the privatization of water in Bolivia. In a final chapter, Water, Place, and Equityconsiders broader concerns--the impact of global climate change on water resources and better ways to incorporate equity into future water policy. Contributors: Thomas Clay Arnold, Madeline Baer, Amy Below, David Feldman, Paul W. Hirt, Helen Ingram, Sheldon Kamieniecki, Maria Carmen Lemos, Stephen P. Mumme, Richard Warren Perry, Ismael Vaccaro, John M. Whiteley, Margaret Wilder.

John M. Whiteley is Professor of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine. He is the coauthor of Critical Masses: Citizens, Nuclear Weapons Production, and Environmental Destruction in the United States and Russia (MIT Press, 1999).

Helen Ingram is Research Fellow at the Southwest Center, University of Arizona, and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author or editor of many books, including Reflections on Water: New Approaches to Transboundary Conflicts and Cooperation (MIT Press, 2001).

Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
The Importance of Equity and the Limits of Efficiency in Water Resources
Water, Place, and Equity
The San Luis Valley and the Moral Economy of Water
Ethical Issues in Storm Water Policy Implementation
Disparities in Financial Burdens and Overall Benefits
Equity and Water in Mexico's Changing Institutional Landscape
From Equitable Utilization to Sustainable Development
Advancing Equity in U.S.-Mexico Border Water Management
Developing a Plentiful Resource
Transboundary Rivers in the Pacific Northwest
Civic Engagement and Governance
The Global Water Crisis, Privatization, and the Bolivian Water War
Modernizing Mountain Water
State, Industry, and Territory
Whose Water Is It Anyway?
Water Management, Knowledge, and Equity in Northeast Brazil
Water and Equity in a Changing Climate
List of Contributors
Index

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