Catchment and River Basin Management: Integrating Science and Governance (Earthscan Studies in Water Resource Management)

Catchment and River Basin Management: Integrating Science and Governance (Earthscan Studies in Water Resource Management)

By: David Benson (editor), Mary Jane Porter (editor), Kevin M. Hiscock (editor), Keith Porter (editor), L. E. D. Smith (editor), Laurence Smith (editor)Hardback

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The central focus of this volume is a critical comparative analysis of the key drivers for water resource management and the provision of clean water - governance systems and institutional and legal arrangements. The authors present a systematic analysis of case study river systems drawn from Australia, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, UK and USA to provide an integrated global assessment of the scale and key features of catchment management. A key premise explored is that despite the diversity of jurisdictions and catchments there are commonalities to a successful approach. The authors show that environmental and public health water quality criteria must be integrated with the economic and social goals of those affected, necessitating a 'twin-track' and holistic (cross-sector and discipline) approach of stakeholder engagement and sound scientific research. A final synthesis presents a set of principles for adaptive catchment management. These principles demonstrate how to integrate the best scientific and technical knowledge with policy, governance and legal provisions. It is shown how decision-making and implementation at the appropriate geographic and governmental scales can resolve conflicts and share best sustainable practices.

About Author

Laurence Smith is Professor of Environmental Policy and Development in the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy, SOAS, University of London, UK. Keith Porter is Adjunct Professor at Cornell Law School and the former Director of the New York State Water Resources Institute, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA. Kevin Hiscock is Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK. Mary Jane Porter is recently retired from the New York State Water Resources Institute, Cornell University, USA. David Benson is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Exeter, UK, based at the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) in Penryn, Cornwall.


Foreword Philip Lowe, Director, Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Part 1: Overview 1. The Challenge of Protecting Water Resources: an Introduction and the Purposes of this Book Laurence Smith, Keith Porter, Kevin Hiscock, David Benson and Mary Jane Porter 2. Key Questions about Catchment Management Laurence Smith, David Benson and Keith Porter Part 2: Case Studies 3. The Upper Susquehanna River Basin: Headwaters of a National Treasure - The Chesapeake Bay Mary Jane Porter, Keith Porter, James Curatolo, Mike Lovegreen and Laurence Smith 4. New York City Watershed Program: A National Paradigm? Keith Porter and Laurence Smith 5. The Hudson River Watershed, New York State, USA Mary Jane Porter, Keith Porter and Laurence Smith 6. Healthy Waterways, South East Queensland, Australia Laurence Smith, David Benson and Diane Tarte 7. Groundwater Protection Programmes in Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands Laurence Smith, David Benson and Kevin Hiscock 8. The WWF RIPPLE Project (Rivers Involving People, Places and Leading by Example), Ulster, Northern Ireland Alex Inman and Mark Horton 9. Opening up Catchment Science: an Experiment in Loweswater, Cumbria, England Claire Waterton, Stephen C. Maberly, Lisa Norton, Judith Tsouvalis, Nigel Watson, and Ian J. Winfield Part 3: Lessons for Catchment and River Basin Management 10. Getting Started: Partnerships, Collaboration, Participation and the Role of Law Laurence Smith, Keith Porter and David Benson 11. Getting Informed: Tools and Approaches for Assessment, Planning and Management Laurence Smith, Kevin Hiscock, Keith Porter, Tobias Krueger and David Benson 12. Getting Things Done and Getting Results Laurence Smith, Keith Porter and David Benson 13. Conclusions and Future Challenges Laurence Smith, Keith Porter, David Benson and Kevin Hiscock

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  • ISBN13: 9781849713047
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 292
  • ID: 9781849713047
  • weight: 612
  • ISBN10: 1849713049

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