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Environmental Sciences - Aquatic Sciences | Water, Cultural Diversity, and Global Environmental Change

Water, Cultural Diversity, and Global Environmental Change

Emerging Trends, Sustainable Futures?

Johnston, B.R., Hiwasaki, L., Klaver, I.J., Ramos Castillo, A., Strang, V. (Eds.)

2012, XLVIII, 560 p. 195 illus., 138 illus. in color.

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  • A UNESCO-IHP project exploring the linkages between water, cultural diversity and environmental change
  • This book offers an array of ideas, concepts, and tools to understand and manage the sociocultural implications of the growing water crisis
  • Includes discussions on how water resource, cultural diversity and biodiversity concerns can be met in a peaceful and sustainable fashion

A product of the UNESCO-IHP project on Water and Cultural Diversity, this book represents an effort to examine the complex role water plays as a force in sustaining, maintaining, and threatening the viability of culturally diverse peoples.  It is argued that water is a fundamental human need, a human right, and a core sustaining element in biodiversity and cultural diversity. The core concepts utilized in this book draw upon a larger trend in sustainability science, a recognition of the synergism and analytical potential in utilizing a coupled biological and social systems analysis, as the functioning viability of nature is both sustained and threatened by humans. 

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Cultural diversity - Environmental change - Environmental sustainability - Traditional knowledge - Water

Related subjects » Aquatic Sciences - Ecology - Environmental Sciences - Sustainable Development - Water Policy, Governance, and Management

Table of contents 

PART 1 WATER AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY.- 1.0 Introduction: Water and Cultural Diversity.- 1.1 Placing Water and Culture.- 1.2 The Paradigm Shift in India’s River Policies: From Sacred to Transferable Waters.- 1.3 Rethinking the Role of Humans in Water Management: Toward a New Model of Decision-Making.- 1.4 Local Water Management in the Andes: Interplay.- of Domination, Power and Collective Participation.- 1.5 The Power of a Disappearance: Water in the Jerid Region of Tunisia.- 1.6 Diverting Water: Cultural Plurality.- and Public Water Features in an Urban Environment.- PART II CULTURE AND WATER IN DIVERSE ENVIRONMENTS.- 2.0 Introduction: Culture and Water in Diverse Environments.- 2.1 Watersheds and Marinescapes: Understanding.- and Maintaining Cultural Diversity Among Southeast Alaska Natives.- 2.2 The Infl uence of Westernization on Water Resources Use and Conservation Among the Maasai People of Kenya.- 2.3 Groundwater and Qanats in Syria: Leadership, Ownership, and Abandonment.- 2.4 Box 2.4.1 Water, Livelihoods, and Morality around the Panama Canal.- Box 2.4.2 Saving the Pilcomayo River in Argentina: Traditional criollo ranchers resist destruction of an ecosystem and a way of life.- Box 2.4.3 Working on water: Cultural survival in the ‘tri-state water wars’.- 2.5 Nourishing Diversity in Water Governance: The Case of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.- 2.6 Water Knowledge, Use, and Governance: Tibetan Participatory Development Along.- the Mekong (Langcangjiang) River, in Yunnan, China.- 2.7 Ecological Change and the Sociocultural Consequences of the Ganges River’s Decline.- PART III WATER VALUE, ACCESS, USE, AND CONTROL.- Sociocultural Contexts of Water Scarcity.- 3.0 Introduction: Water Value, Access, Use, and Control: Sociocultural Contexts of Water Scarcity.- 3.1 Culture, Gender, and Vulnerability in a Vietnamese Refugee Community: Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.- 3.2 Water, Culture, and Gender: An Analysis from Bangladesh.- 3.3 South Africa’s ‘Rights Culture’ of Water Consumption.- 3.4 Manufacturing Water Scarcity, Generating Environmental Inequity.- PART IV HYDRODEVELOPMENT, CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND SUSTAINABILITY.- 4.0 Introduction: Hydrodevelopment, Cultural Diversity, and Sustainability.- 4.1 Water, Culture, Power: Hydrodevelopment Dynamics.- 4.2 The Lesotho Highlands Water Project: Water, Culture, and Environmental Chang.- 4.3 Not All Dams in Africa Are Developmental: Advocacy Perspectives from the African Rivers Network.- 4.4 Drowning Under Progress: Water, Culture, and Development in the Greater Mekong Subregion.- 4.5 Damming China’s Angry River: Vulnerability in a Culturally and Biologically Diverse Watershed.- 4.6 Cultural Survival, Tribal Sovereignty and River Restoration on the Central Northwest Coast, North America.- PART V THE WAYS FORWARD.- 5.0 Introduction: The Ways Forward.- 5.1 Managing ‘Water Traditions’ in Uttarakhand, India: Lessons Learned and Steps Towards the Future.- 5.2 ‘El Agua es Vida/Water Is Life’: Community Watershed Reserves in Intag, Ecuador, and Emerging Ecological Identities.- 5.3 Cultural Flows: Asserting Indigenous Rights and Interests in the Waters of the Murray-Darling River System, Australia.- 5.4 Environmental Flow Assessments: A Participatory Process Enabling Maori Cultural Values to Inform Flow Regime Setting.- 5.5 Droplets of Hope: Searching for Sustainability and Common Ground in the Arab/Israeli Conflict.- 5.6 ‘Water for Life’… Water for Whose Life? Water, Cultural Diversity and Sustainable Development in the United Nations.

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