Balancing Water for Humans and Nature: The New Approach in Ecohydrology

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Earthscan, 2004 - Science - 247 pages
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Balancing Water for Humans and Nature, authored by two of the world's leading experts on water management, examines water flows - the 'blood stream' of both nature and society - in terms of the crucial links, balances, conflicts and trade-offs between human and environmental needs. The authors argue that a sustainable future depends fundamentally on our ability to manage these trade-offs and encourage long-term resilience. They advocate an ecohydrological approach to land/water/environmental problems and advance a strong, reasoned argument for viewing precipitation as the gross fresh water resource, ultimately responsible for sustaining all terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem services.This book makes the most coherent and holistic argument to date for a new ecological approach to understanding and managing water resources for the benefit of all. Basing their analysis on per capita needs for an acceptable nutritional diet, the authors analyse predictions of the amounts of water needed for global food production by 2050 and identify potential sources. Drawing on small-scale experiences in Africa and Asia, they also cover the vulnerability of the semi-arid tropics through a simplified model of green and blue water scarcity components.
  

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Contents

Water The Bloodstream of the Biosphere
3
and the semihorizontal blue water branch of liquid water
6
Water Availability Expanding the Perspective
25
Partitioning of rainfall into
33
person per year
42
Human Water Requirements
45
Incorporating Water for Ecosystem Services
64
Regional Differences
80
Water Perspectives on Feeding Humanity
129
Closing the Yield Gap on the Savannna The Real World Perspective
156
scale
168
Finding the Balance between Water for Humans and for Nature 181
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Towards Hydrosolidarity through Integrated LandWaterEcosystem
201
Notes
222
References
228
Index
239

Vulnerability of the Savanna Zone
101
scarcity
108

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About the author (2004)

Malin Falkenmark is Professor in Applied and International Hydrology and Senior Scientist at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Sweden. She is co-author of the influential Water for a Thirsty World (1978) and Comparative Hydrology (1989).Johan Rockström is Associate Professor in Natural Resources Management at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, The Netherlands, in-coming Executive Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) , and co-editor of Rethinking Water Management (2003).

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