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Droughts and Integrated Water Resource Management in South Asia

Droughts and Integrated Water Resource Management in South Asia
Issues, Alternatives and Futures

First Edition
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June 2018 | 376 pages | SAGE India
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.
Series Editor`s Note
Jasveen Jairath and Vishwa Ballabh
The Context and Problematique
Sanjay Sharma
Elusive Rains and Parched Lands: Situating Drought in Colonial India
Seema Kulkarni and Nagmani Rao
Gender and Drought in South Asia: Dominant Constructions and Alternate Propositions
Suhas Paranjape and K J Joy
An Alternative Approach to Drought and Drought-proofing
Ranjith Premalal De Silva
Understanding Drought-Implications, Strategies and Policies in Sri Lanka
Katar Singh and Vishwa Ballabh
Incidence, Impacts and Management of Droughts in India: An Overview
Khandaker Mainuddin and Sarder Shafiqul Alam
Scarcity in Abundance: Issues of Droughts in Bangladesh
Asaf Sarwar
Droughts in Pakistan-A Socio-political Perspective
A Rajagopal, N Jayakumar and J R Bashyam
Drought and Public Policy in Tamilnadu,India
Ganesh Pangare
Johad Versus Watershed: Case Study of Tarun Bharat Sangh's Approach
Srinivas Mudrakartha
Converting Calamity into Oppurtunity: Natural Resource Enhancement through Participatory Drought Relief Programme
Jasveen Jairath and Muhammad Mustafa
Management of Scarcity and Scarcity of Mahabubnagar District, Andhra Pradesh, India: A Case Study

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