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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

About this book

Introduction


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.

Keywords

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

About the editors

Reinhard F. Hüttl
Reinhard F. Hüttl is chairman of the board and scientific executive director of the German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam (GFZ). He is member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) and president of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech). He is a professor of the Soil Protection and Recultivation Department at the Brandenburg Technical University in Cottbus (BTU) and spokesperson of the Interdisciplinary Research Group “Society – Water – Technology” at the BBAW. Hüttl, R. F., Schwartze, S. (2013): Editorial: Zentralasien; ein Reallabor und Observatorium für die Geowissenschaften. System Erde, 3(2), p. 5–5.
Grünewald, U., Bens, O., Fischer, H., Hüttl, R. F. J., Kaiser, K., Knierim, A. (Eds.) (2012): Wasserbezogene Anpassungsmaßnahmen an den Landschafts- und Klimawandel, Stuttgart: Schweizerbart, 299.
Hüttl, R. F., Bens, O. (Eds.) (2012): Georessource Wasser – Herausforderung Globaler Wandel: Beiträge zu einer integrierten Wasserressourcenbewirtschaftung in Deutschland, acatech Studie, München.
Frede, H.-G., Bücker, A., Hüttl, R. F. et al. (2012): Wassernutzung und Wassereffizienz in Landschaften. In: Hüttl, R. F., Bens, O. (Eds.): Georessource Wasser – Herausforderung Globaler Wandel: Beiträge zu einer integrierten Wasserressourcenbewirtschaftung in Deutschland, acatech Studie, München, p. 91–157.
Germer, S., Bens, O., Hüttl, R. F. (2011): Global Change: Challenges for Regional Water Resources, Editorial. Die Erde, 142(1-2).
Hüttl, R. F, Emmermann, R., Germer, S., Naumann, M., Bens, O. (Eds.) (2011): Globaler Wandel und regionale Entwicklung. Anpassungsstrategien in der Region Berlin-Brandenburg, Heidelberg: Springer.

Oliver Bens
Oliver Bens is head of staff of the scientific executive board of the German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam (GFZ). As a geoscientist, he is responsible for the research field earth and environment and in charge of media and communication at GFZ. He is a member of the Brandenburg Council for Sustainable Development.
Hoechstetter, S., Bens, O., Bismuth, C. (2013): Konflikte um die Georessource Wasser in Zentralasien: Analyse und Neuausrichtung von Entwicklungspfaden im Ferganatal. System Erde, 3(2) p. 50–55.
Grünewald, U., Bens, O., Fischer, H., Hüttl, R. F. J., Kaiser, K., Knierim, A. (Eds.) (2012): Wasserbezogene Anpassungsmaßnahmen an den Landschafts- und Klimawandel, Stuttgart: Schweizbart.
Hüttl, R. F., Bens, O. (Eds. ) (2012): Georessource Wasser – Herausforderung Globaler Wandel: Beiträge zu einer integrierten Wasserressourcenbewirtschaftung in Deutschland, acatech Studie, München.
Frede, H.-G., Bücker, A., Bens, O. et al. (2012): Wassernutzung und Wassereffizienz in Landschaften . In: Hüttl, R. F., Bens, O. (Eds.): Georessource Wasser – Herausforderung Globaler Wandel: Beiträge zu einer integrierten Wasserressourcenbewirtschaftung in Deutschland, acatech Studie, München, p. 91–157.
Germer, S., Bens, O. & Hüttl, R. F. (2011): Global Change : Challenges for Regional Water Resources, Editorial. Die Erde, 142(1-2).
Hüttl, R. F, Emmermann, R., Germer, S., Naumann, M., Bens, O. (Eds.) (2011): Globaler Wandel und regionale Entwicklung. Anpassungsstrategien in der Region Berlin-Brandenburg, Heidelberg: Springer.

Sebastian Hoechstetter
Sebastian Hoechstetter is a research consultant and a research associate at the German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam (GFZ). With a geoecological background his research interests include landscape ecology, climate adaptation, urban ecology and water research. He is a research associate in the Interdisciplinary Research Group “Society – Water – Technology” at the BBAW.
Hoechstetter, S., Bens, O., Bismuth, C. (2013): Konflikte um die Georessource Wasser in Zentralasien: Analyse und Neuausrichtung von Entwicklungspfaden im Ferganatal. System Erde, 3(2), p. 50–55.
Hoechstetter, S. (2009): Enhanced methods for analysing landscape structure: Landscape metrics for characterising three-dimensional patterns and ecological gradients, (Fernerkundung und angewandte Geoinformatik; 6), Rhombos Verlag.

Christine Bismuth
Christine Bismuth is the scientific coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Research Group “Society – Water – Technology” at the BBAW. She is an environmental scientist and has worked as a research associate at the Institute of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Potsdam.
Hoechstetter, S., Bens, O., Bismuth, C. (2013): Konflikte um die Georessource Wasser in Zentralasien: Analyse und Neuausrichtung von Entwicklungspfaden im Ferganatal. System Erde, 3(2), p. 50–55.

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