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Water, Ecosystems and Society
A Confluence of Disciplines

First Edition

May 2009 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Water, Ecosystems and Society: A Confluence of Disciplines identifies water management as a confluence of disciplines and engages with the needs and challenges of productive water management in India. Such an engagement is path-breaking in terms of its conceptualization, since water management in India has traditionally been associated with heavy engineering, which tries to increase the quantity of water to cater to increasing demands by human settlements, irrigation and industry needs.

The author identifies research activities to initiate effective water management and then goes on to address the issues in detail with relation to their ecological and socio-economic implications. As a result, floods, sustainability of river link projects and the economic viability of water systems are analyzed with regard to their ecological dimensions. He also focuses on the need to recognize ecosystem services provided by floods as well as the necessity of environmental flows in such a system.

The book reviews the usefulness of economic valuation of water systems in terms of their consumptive use and the ecosystem services provided by them. In this way, the work deals with emerging areas of research-by connecting economics and water management. It also analyzes the proposed river link project of India in the light of the emerging economic and ecological aspects of water management, and thereby provides a new approach to the assessment and appraisal of large water projects. Thus the book engages with the ecological and socio-economical dimensions of different areas of water management, identifies lacunae in the filed and suggests fresh perspectives to address them constructively.


Promod Tandon
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Interdisciplinary Knowledge on Water Systems
 
Eco-hydrological Perspective on Floods
 
Valuation of Water and Its Policy Implications
 
The River-link Project: Where are Equity and Sustainability!
 
Index

One must begin by declaring one's total agreement with the central theme of this book, namely, the need for a shift from the reductionist approach to water policy, planning and management prevailing in the Indian water establishment to a new, radically different, holistic and interdisciplinary one…The marshalling of relevant information and scholarship and the rigour of the argument are powerful and persuasive…it is one of the best piece of writing…. This review must return to the high praise with which it started. The transformation that the author urges is necessary and urgent…the book is a very important contribution towards that end and must be warmly welcomed.

Economic and Political Weekly

A must read for water activists, sarkari engineers and politicians. The author tackles crucial issues which have become contested terrain between people’s movement, the states and the industry—economics and water management, floods in Bihar, the controversial river link project, and more. The author takes us through these mind-field issues and presents a rational, well researched argument in favour of an ecological, integrated approach to water.

Civil Society

The book by Bandyopadhyay is an apt text for researchers and practitioners interested in a holistic approach to water management. Books such as these should also find a place in the curriculum in institution of higher learning so that students get exposure to dimensions of water management other than what they are traditionally exposed to.

Current Science

[The book] stresses the need for an inter-disciplinary approach to water management. For those interested in pursuing the topic in-depth, Bandyopadhyay‘s book is a rich source of information, as it provides plenty of leads for further reading. The author brings out his rich and diverse experience to lay sown a roadmap for companies to follow.

Businessworld

In this book, [the author] highlights management strategy for the much-needed conceptual shift among water professionals.

Business India

The book is meant essentially for academicians working in the fields of geography and environmental science development economies, environmental sociology, ecology and integrated water management.

The Organiser

One of the most impressive things about Prof Jayanta Bandyopadhyay's book Water, Ecosystems and Society is its timing …. With extensive research experience of integrating economics, ecology and social concerns in water management, Prof Bandyopadhyay is perhaps one of the most eligible persons to write on the need of an interdisciplinary approach to water in India…. [The author] has contributed interesting and innovative thoughts about institutional structures for equitable water management.

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