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Environmental Sciences | Impacts of Large Dams: A Global Assessment

Impacts of Large Dams: A Global Assessment

Tortajada, Cecilia, Altinbilek, Dogan, Biswas, Asit K. (Eds.)

2012, XIV, 410 p.

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  • This is the first definitive book which examines critically, objectively and comprehensively the benefits and costs of large dams which have been operational for more than ten years, as well as the nature of the beneficiaries of such projects (who benefits and who pays the costs directly or indirectly)
  • These type of analyses are not available at present
  • The contributors to this volume are all well-known international and national experts from different disciplines, and they discuss their experiences from different perspectives, which include academia, government, international agencies, non-governmental organizations and private sector

One of the most controversial issues of the water sector in recent years has been the impacts of large dams. Proponents have claimed that such structures are essential to meet the increasing water demands of the world and that their overall societal benefits far outweight the costs. In contrast, the opponents claim that social and environmental costs of large dams far exceed their benefits, and that the era of construction of large dams is over. A major reason as to why there is no consensus on the overall benefits of large dams is because objective, authoritative and comprehensive evaluations of their impacts, especially ten or more years after their construction, are conspicuous by their absence. This book debates impartially, comprehensively and objectively, the positive and negative impacts of large dams based on facts, figures and authoritative analyses. These in-depth case studies are expected to promote a healthy and balanced debate on the needs, impacts and relevance of large dams, with case studies from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Large dams - environmental impacts - regional development - social impacts - water management

Related subjects » Environmental Management - Environmental Sciences - Environmental Toxicology - Geography - Nature Conservation & Biodiversity - Pollution and Remediation

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