Large Dams

Long Term Impacts on Riverine Communities and Free Flowing Rivers

  • Thayer Scudder

Part of the Water Resources Development and Management book series (WRDM)

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This book highlights the first comparative long-term analysis of the negative impacts of large dams on riverine communities and on free-flowing rivers in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Following the Foreword by Professor Asit K. Biswas, the first section covers the 1956–1973 period, when the author believed that large dams provided an exceptional opportunity for integrated river basin development. In turn, the second section (1976–1997) reflects the author’s increasing concerns about the magnitude of the socio-economic and environmental costs of large dams, while the third (1998–2018) discusses why large dams are in fact not cost-effective in the long term.


Dam resettlement Kariba dam Gwembe Tonga basin Zambezi river Aswan high dam Kainji Lake basin Kafue river Mahaweli project Sardar Sarovar Project River basin development African Savanna environments Senegal river Narmada river development Okavango delta Onchocerciasis control programme Okavango integrated water project

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  • Thayer Scudder
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  1. 1.Division of the Humanities and Social SciencesCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA

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