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With World Water Week underway, we have put together a selection of our bestselling and upcoming titles relevant to the themes being discussed.

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  1. Development Through Bricolage

    Rethinking Institutions for Natural Resource Management

    By Frances Cleaver

    Why, despite an emphasis on 'getting institutions right', do development initiatives so infrequently deliver as planned? Why do many institutions designed for natural resource management (e.g. Water User Associations, Irrigation Committees, Forest Management Councils) not work as planners intended?...

    Published June 20th 2012 by Routledge

  2. The Right to Water

    Politics, Governance and Social Struggles

    Edited by Farhana Sultana, Alex Loftus

    Series: Earthscan Water Text

    The right to clean water has been adopted by the United Nations as a basic human right. Yet how such universal calls for a right to water are understood, negotiated, experienced and struggled over remain key challenges. The Right to Water elucidates how universal calls for rights articulate with...

    Published November 22nd 2011 by Routledge

  3. Water Rights and Social Justice in the Mekong Region

    Edited by Kate Lazarus, Bernadette P. Resurreccion, Nga Dao, Nathan Badenoch

    The Mekong Region has come to represent many of the important water governance challenges faced more broadly by the mainland Southeast Asian region. This book focuses on the complex nature of water rights and social justice in the Mekong region. The chapters delve into the diverse social, political...

    Published February 23rd 2011 by Routledge

  4. Corporate Water Strategies

    By William Sarni

    In the past businesses have viewed water as a minimal operational cost and not a strategic issue. However, water has now emerged as a critical issue for both corporations and the public sector in response to increased water demand, climatic risks and potentially negative impacts on brand value....

    Published January 27th 2011 by Routledge

  5. The Water Footprint Assessment Manual

    Setting the Global Standard

    By Arjen Hoekstra, Ashok K. Chapagain, Maite M. Aldaya, Mesfin M. Mekonnen

    People use lots of water for drinking, cooking and washing, but significantly more for producing things such as food, paper and cotton clothes. The water footprint is an indicator of water use that looks at both direct and indirect water use of a consumer or producer. Indirect use refers to the '...

    Published February 28th 2011 by Routledge

  6. Making the Most of the Water We Have

    The Soft Path Approach to Water Management

    Edited by David B. Brooks, Oliver M. Brandes, Stephen Gurman

    Based on the 'soft path' approach to the energy sector, a transition is now under way to a soft path for water. This approach starts by ensuring that ecosystem needs for water are satisfied and then undertakes a radical approach to reducing human uses of water by economic and social incentives,...

    Published March 20th 2011 by Routledge

  7. Integrated Water Resources Management in Practice

    Better Water Management for Development

    Edited by Roberto Lenton, Mike Muller

    Better water management will be crucial if we are to meet many of the key challenges of this century - feeding the world's growing population and reducing poverty, meeting water and sanitation needs, protecting vital ecosystems, all while adapting to climate change. The approach known as Integrated...

    Published March 10th 2009 by Routledge

  8. Transboundary Water Management

    Principles and Practice

    Edited by Anton Earle, Anders Jägerskog, Joakim Öjendal

    The management of water resources across boundaries, whether sub-national or international, is one of the most difficult challenges facing water managers today. The upstream exploitation or diversion of groundwater or rivers can have devastating consequences for those living downstream, and...

    Published August 25th 2010 by Routledge

  9. The Atlas of Water

    Mapping the World's Most Critical Resource, 2nd Edition

    By Maggie Black, Jannet King

    Series: The Earthscan Atlas

    The planet's finite supply of fresh water is under such pressure that soon it may be the most valuable commodity on earth. The new edition of this crucial and timely atlas shows water distribution worldwide, and reflects the latest thinking and emerging issues. With updated data throughout, the...

    Published September 9th 2009 by Routledge

  10. Out of the Mainstream

    Water Rights, Politics and Identity

    Edited by Rutgerd Boelens, David Getches, Armando Guevara-Gil

    Water is not only a source of life and culture. It is also a source of power, conflicting interests and identity battles. Rights to materially access, culturally organize and politically control water resources are poorly understood by mainstream scientific approaches and hardly addressed by...

    Published August 2nd 2011 by Routledge

  11. The State of the World's Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture

    Managing Systems at Risk

    By Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

    The State of the World's Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture is FAO's first flagship publication on the global status of land and water resources. It is an 'advocacy' report, to be published every three to five years, and targeted at senior level decision makers in agriculture as...

    Published November 1st 2011 by Routledge

  12. Tapping Water Markets

    By Terry L. Anderson, Brandon Scarborough, Lawrence R. Watson

    Tapping Water Markets is about the past, present, and future of water markets. It compares water markets with political water allocation, documents the growth of water markets, and explores the ways in which water markets can be improved and implemented further. This book provides up-to-date...

    Published March 5th 2012 by RFF Press

  13. Water Diplomacy

    A Negotiated Approach to Managing Complex Water Networks

    By Shafiqul Islam, Lawrence E. Susskind

    Series: RFF Press Water Policy Series

    Water is the resource that will determine the wealth, welfare, and stability of many countries in the twenty-first century. This book offers a new approach to managing water that will overcome the conflicts that emerge when the interactions among natural, societal, and political forces are...

    Published June 20th 2012 by RFF Press

  14. The Nile River Basin

    Water, Agriculture, Governance and Livelihoods

    Edited by Seleshi Bekele Awulachew, Vladimir Smakhtin, David Molden, Don Peden

    Series: Earthscan/IWMI Series on Major River Basins of the World

    The Nile provides freshwater not only for domestic and industrial use, but also for irrigated agriculture, hydropower dams and the vast fisheries resource of the lakes of Central Africa. The Nile River Basin covers the whole Nile Basin and is based on the results of three major research projects...

    Published November 12th 2012 by Routledge

  15. Water Management, Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Developing Economies

    Edited by M. Dinesh Kumar, M.V.K. Sivamohan, Nitin Bassi

    Series: Earthscan Studies in Water Resource Management

    This book addresses strategies for food security and sustainable agriculture in developing economies. The book focuses primarily on India, a fast developing economy, whose natural resource base comprising land and water supporting agricultural production is not only under enormous stress, but also...

    Published September 25th 2012 by Routledge

  16. Investing in Water for a Green Economy

    Services, Infrastructure, Policies and Management

    Edited by Mike Young, Christine Esau

    In the context of the economies of the world becoming greener, this book provides a global and interdisciplinary overview of the condition of the world’s water resources and the infrastructure used to manage it. It focuses on current social and economic costs of water provision, needs and...

    Published February 26th 2013 by Routledge

  17. Water Harvesting in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Edited by William Critchley, John Gowing

    Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa is constrained by highly variable rainfall, frequent drought and low water productivity. There is an urgent need, heightened by climate change, for appropriate technologies to address this problem through managing and increasing the quantity of water on...

    Published November 29th 2012 by Routledge

  18. Governing International Watercourses

    River Basin Organizations and the Sustainable Governance of Internationally Shared Rivers and Lakes

    By Susanne Schmeier

    Series: Earthscan Studies in Water Resource Management

    This book focuses on River Basin Organizations as the key institutions for managing internationally shared water resources. This includes a comparative analysis of all River Basin Organizations worldwide and three in-depth case studies from three different continents. The detailed case studies are...

    Published November 30th 2012 by Routledge

  19. International Watercourses Law in the Nile River Basin

    Three States at a Crossroads

    By Tadesse Kassa Woldetsadik

    The Nile River and its basin extend over a distinctive geophysical cord connecting eleven sovereign states from Egypt to Tanzania, which are home to an estimated population of 422.2 million people. The Nile is an essential source of water for domestic, industrial and agricultural uses throughout...

    Published February 4th 2013 by Routledge

  20. Water and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding

    Edited by Erika Weinthal, Jessica J. Troell, Mikiyasu Nakayama

    Series: Post-Conflict Peacebuilding and Natural Resource Management

    Water is a basic human need, and despite predictions of "water wars," shared waters have proven to be the natural resource with the greatest potential for interstate cooperation and local confidence building. Indeed, water management plays a singularly important role in rebuilding trust after...

    Published February 24th 2014 by Routledge

  21. A Field Guide to Community Based Adaptation

    By Tim Magee

    The world's poor will be the most critically affected by a changing climate—and yet their current plight isn't improving rapidly enough to fulfill the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. If experienced development organizations are finding it difficult to solve decades-old development problems, how...

    Published December 12th 2012 by Routledge

  22. Pastoralism and Development in Africa

    Dynamic Change at the Margins

    Edited by Andy Catley, Jeremy Lind, Ian Scoones

    Series: Pathways to Sustainability

    Once again, the Horn of Africa has been in the headlines. And once again the news has been bad: drought, famine, conflict, hunger, suffering and death. The finger of blame has been pointed in numerous directions: to the changing climate, to environmental degradation, to overpopulation, to...

    Published June 28th 2012 by Routledge

  23. Contemporary Water Governance in the Global South

    Scarcity, Marketization and Participation

    Edited by Leila M. Harris, Jacqueline A. Goldin, Christopher Sneddon

    Series: Earthscan Studies in Water Resource Management

    The litany of alarming observations about water use and misuse is now familiar—over a billion people without access to safe drinking water; almost every major river dammed and diverted; increasing conflicts over the delivery of water in urban areas; continuing threats to water quality from...

    Published May 15th 2013 by Routledge

  24. Water and the City

    Risk, Resilience and Planning for a Sustainable Future

    By Iain White

    Series: Natural and Built Environment Series

    As a vital human need, water has been absolutely critical to decisions as to where cities originate, how much they grow and the standard of living of the inhabitants. The relationship is complex however; we need both continual availability and protection from its potential impacts. Over...

    Published July 22nd 2010 by Routledge

  25. Strategic Planning for Water

    By Hugh Howes

    Strategic Planning for Water examines the neglected relationship between planning for water and spatial planning. It provides the background to sustainable water management and assistance to spatial planners in understanding the complex water environment. This extremely topical book examines the...

    Published October 18th 2007 by Taylor & Francis