Water Resources Development and Management

Impacts of Large Dams: A Global Assessment

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

  • 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
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About this book

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.

 

About the authors

Dr. Cecilia Tortajada is the Scientific Director of the International Centre on Water and Environment (CIAMA), Zaragoza, Spain; Visiting Professor of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore; and Vice-president of the Third World Centre for Water Management in Mexico. She is the immediate Past President of the International Water Resources Association (2007-2009). She is also Editor of the International Journal of Water Resources Development and Associate Editor of Water International.

 

Dr. Dogan Altinbilek is Professor of Civil Engineering at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. He is a former Director General of the Turkish State Hydraulic Works (DSI). Currently, he is a Governor and Bureau Member of World Water Council. He is also Executive Board Member and former President of the International Hydropower Association.

Prof. Asit K. Biswas is the President of the Third World Centre for Water Management, a leading international think tank on global water issues, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore. One of the world´s leading authorities on water resources management, he is a founder of the International Water Resources Association and the World Water Council, and was a member of the World Commission on Water. He is author of more than 70 books and his work has now been translated into 33 languages.      

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Impacts of Large Dams: Issues, Opportunities and Constraints

    Biswas, Asit K.

    Pages 1-18

  • Indirect Economic Impacts of Dams

    Cestti, Rita (et al.)

    Pages 19-35

  • Resettlement Outcomes of Large Dams

    Scudder, Thayer

    Pages 37-67

  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Reservoirs

    Varis, Olli (et al.)

    Pages 69-94

  • Impacts of Dams in Switzerland

    Hauenstein, Walter (et al.)

    Pages 95-122

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eBook $189.00
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Hardcover $239.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-23570-2
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $239.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-43316-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Impacts of Large Dams: A Global Assessment
Editors
  • Cecilia Tortajada
  • Dogan Altinbilek
  • Asit K. Biswas
Series Title
Water Resources Development and Management
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-23571-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-23571-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-23570-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-43316-0
Series ISSN
1614-810X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 410
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