Managing water resources: policies, institutions, and technologies

Conflicts over water are a grim reality today, and this volume traces the reasons for these conflicts from the micro to the global level. The essays look at how the cumulative effect of gross negligence and mismanagement of water resources over the years have created water scarcity. They point out that the problem is not due to shortage of water, but due to the absence of proper mechanisms for its conservation, distribution, and efficient use. The essays are organized under three sub-themes--irrigation water, drinking water and sanitation, and gender and decentralization in water management. They address the problem of water resource management from the perspectives of policies, institutions, and technologies and emphasize the need to have a multifaceted policy approach for an accelerated growth plan.