Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Context and Objectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Reinhard F. Hüttl, Oliver Bens, Christine Bismuth, Sebastian Hoechstetter, Hans-Georg Frede, Hans-Joachim Kümpel
      Pages 3-9 Open Access
  3. Major Water Engineering Projects – Challenges, Problems, Opportunities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Sebastian Hoechstetter, Christine Bismuth, Hans-Georg Frede
      Pages 33-45 Open Access
    3. Klement Tockner, Emily S. Bernhardt, Anna Koska, Christiane Zarfl
      Pages 47-64 Open Access
    4. Bernd Hansjürgens, Nils Droste, Klement Tockner
      Pages 65-78 Open Access
    5. Petra Dobner, Hans-Georg Frede
      Pages 79-87 Open Access
  4. The Fergana Valley – Uzbekistan’s Hydro-Agricultural System Between Inertia and Change

  5. The Lower Jordan Valley – The Red Sea-Dead Sea Conveyance Project and Its Complex History

  6. Outlook and Options for Action

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 277-277
    2. Christine Bismuth, Bernd Hansjürgens, Timothy Moss, Sebastian Hoechstetter, Klement Tockner, Valerie Yorke et al.
      Pages 279-292 Open Access
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 293-295

About this book


This book presents the results of the Interdisciplinary Research Group  "Society – Water – Technology" of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. It describes interdisciplinary evaluation criteria for major water engineering projects (MWEPs) and portrays an application to the Lower Jordan Valley (Middle East) and the Fergana Valley (Central Asia). Both areas are characterised by transboundary conflicts, by challenges due to demographic and climate change, and by political and societal pressures. Based on the findings, the book provides recommendations for science and political decisions makers as well as for international financing institutions. In addition, it outlines research gaps from an interdisciplinary perspective.

In the past, MWEPs have been used as an instrument to cope with the demands of growing populations and to enhance development progress. Experiences with MWEPs have shown that a purely technical approach has not always brought about the desired results. In many cases, MWEPs have even resulted in negative implications for society and environment. Therefore, improved management strategies and enhanced technologies for a sustainable water resource management system are a prerequisite to meet present and future challenges. And, moreover, the continuous evaluation and optimisation of these measures is, likewise, a must.


Conflict resolution Major Water Engineering Projects Path Creation Path Dependencies Water Governance

Editors and affiliations

  • Reinhard F. Hüttl
    • 1
  • Oliver Bens
    • 2
  • Christine Bismuth
    • 3
  • Sebastian Hoechstetter
    • 4
  1. 1.Helmholtz-Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for GeosciencesTelegrafenberg, PotsdamGermany
  2. 2.Helmholtz-Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for GeosciencesPotsdamGermany
  3. 3.IRG Society - Water - TechnologyBerlin - Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and HumanitiesBerlinGermany
  4. 4.Helmholtz-Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for GeosciencesPotsdamGermany

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