Entirely updated in the light of the recent World Commission on Dams Report, and responding to it, this new edition of Patrick McCully's now classic study shows why large dams have become such a controversial technology in both industrialized and developing countries. The book explains the history and politics of dam building worldwide and shows why large dams have become so controversial. It details the ecological and human impacts of large dams, and shows how the 'national interest' argument is used to legitimize uneconomic and unjust projects which benefit elites while impoverishing tens of millions, describes the technical, safety and economic problems of dam technology, the structure of the international dam-building industry, and the role played by international banks and aid agencies.
It tells the story of the rapid growth of the international anti-dam movement, and recounts some of the most important anti-dam campaigns around the world. McCully shows how the dam lobby and governments have reacted to criticism by cosmetic 'greening' of the dam-building process, and through state repression outlines the alternatives to dams, and argues that their replacement by less destructive alternatives requires the opening up of the industry's practices to public scrutiny.
Patrick McCully is campaigns director of the California-based International Rivers Network. He is also an associate editor of The Ecologist and a contributing writer for Multinational Monitor. Since 1992 he has worked with activists in India opposing the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada River. He is co-author of two books, Imperilled Planet (1990) and The Road to Rio: An NGO Action Guide to the Earth Summit (1992).
A New Order for Rivers and Society: The World Commission on Dams and Beyond 1. The Power and the Water 2. Rivers No More: The Environmental Effects of Dams 3. Temples of Doom: The Human Consequences of Dams 4. When Things Fall Apart: The Technical Failures of Large Dams 5. Empty Promises: The Elusive Benefits of Large Dams 6. Paradise Lost: Dams and Irrigation 7. The Wise Use of Watersheds 8. Energy: Revolution or Catastrophe? 9. Industry Applies, Man Conforms: The Political Economy of Damming 10. We Will Not Move: The International Anti-Dam Movement Appendixes