Floods are amongst the most common and devastating natural disasters. In the wake of such an event, the pressure to initiate flood protection schemes that will provide security is enormous, and politicians promise quick solutions in the national interest. Jeroen Warner examines a number of such projects from around the world - the Middle East, South Asia and Western Europe - aimed at the prevention of serious flooding. Each provoked a level of controversy unforeseen by its initiators, with the result that schemes were shelved, were not completed, or simply failed. The author shows how such projects inevitably become politicized as different stakeholders seek to promote their interests.
Jeroen Warner is Assistant Professor of Disaster Studies at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. He has written extensively on the politics of water and is editor of 'Multi-Stakeholder Platforms for Integrated Catchment Management' and co-editor of 'The Politics of Water'.
1. Introduction: the politics of flood and fear 2. Midnight at Noon? The tussle over Toshka, Egypt 3. Resisting the Turkish Pax Aquarum? The Ilisu Dam Dispute 4. Turkey & Egypt: War , Peace and Hegemony 5. Death of the mega-Project? The Contoversy over Fllod Action Plan 20, Bangladesh 6. The Maaswerken Project: Fixing a Hole? 7. Public Participation in Emergency River Storage: The Ooij Polder 8. The Jubilee Rover: Flood Alleviation or Flood Creation Scheme? 9. The Politics of Six River Interventions : A Synthesis 10. The Securitization of Flood Events: Implications for Security Analysis Index