Item description for Enhancing Participation And Governance in Water Resources Management: Conventional Approaches And Information Technology by Libor Jansky & Juha I. Uitto...
The United Nations estimates that more than 2 billion people in over 40 countries are negatively affected by water shortages. Increasing demand for water has been identified as one of four major factors that will threaten human and ecological health over the next generation. As public health, development, economy and nature suffer; ensuring access to clean water is rising towards the top of government agendas. This book aims to further global understanding of approaches and techniques for applying public participation to improve water resources management.
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Studio: United Nations University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Jan 27, 2006
Publisher United Nations University Press
ISBN 9280811207 ISBN13 9789280811209
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More About Libor Jansky & Juha I. Uitto
Libor Jansky is a senior academic program officer in the Environment and Sustainable Development Program of the United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan.
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Several good case studies May 3, 2007
I chose this book because water access, management, and governance will soon be a more prominent factor in the operations of communities, governments, and businesses, just as energy resources are an economic concern today. As business becomes increasingly globalized, knowledge of water resource management capabilities will be an important consideration when examining infrastructure for foreign direct investment. For some industries, water resource management could become a supply chain headache. I was disappointed that the book only briefly mentioned open-source software for water resource management. The not-for-profit motivations of programmers could align well with the needs of water resource managers, particularly in less developed countries, who lack the financial resources for customized commercial software. (However, I fear the two populations do not naturally overlap much!) The book does not fully address the skepticism held by many that information technology will be just another tool for manipulation or thought homogenization rather than a positive conduit for engagement of diverse stakeholders. Despite the politically charged nature of water resource management, security issues for IT systems were not addressed at all. By far the best chapter of the book is Chapter 8 which includes the discussion of decision support systems. Briefly in the article's conclusion the author mentions the potential for grid computing to resolve the problem of integrating multiple scattered databases into a comprehensive system for data aggregation and better information access. While I find this idea intriguing, I am doubtful of grid computing's potential to better manage the complexity of water resource management. The integration of science information (reservoir levels, weather patterns, flow predictions, etc) may be improved, but resource management is highly dependent upon human and societal factors that are not easily captured by databases. This book would be most useful for managers in non-profits and NGO's who must deal with severely constrained budgets and inadequate infrastructures, though I'd be more inclined to recommend Swimming Upstream by Sabatier for a more coherent read. Far-looking business managers would benefit from reading Part I to educate themselves on the not-easily-solved resource constraints ahead. Quality of articles varied throughout the book, though taken as whole, Parts I and II effectively conveyed the story as advertised by the book's title. Part III, unfortunately, was rather scattered.