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Droughts and Integrated Water Resource Management in South Asia

Issues, Alternatives and Futures

Droughts and Integrated Water Resource Management in South Asia by Jasveen Jairath
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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

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.

SAGE India; October 2008
377 pages; ISBN 9788132100713
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Title: Droughts and Integrated Water Resource Management in South Asia
Author: Jasveen Jairath; Vishwa Ballabh