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Impacts of Large Dams: A Global Assessment

  • This is the first definitive book which examines critically, objectively and comprehensively the benefits and costs of large dams which have been operational for more than ten years, as well as the nature of the beneficiaries of such projects (who benefits and who pays the costs directly or indirectly)

  • These type of analyses are not available at present

  • The contributors to this volume are all well-known international and national experts from different disciplines, and they discuss their experiences from different perspectives, which include academia, government, international agencies, non-governmental organizations and private sector

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

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

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Table of contents (17 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv
  2. Indirect Economic Impacts of Dams

    • Rita Cestti, R. P. S. Malik
    Pages 19-35
  3. Resettlement Outcomes of Large Dams

    • Thayer Scudder
    Pages 37-67
  4. Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Reservoirs

    • Olli Varis, Matti Kummu, Saku Härkönen, Jari T. Huttunen
    Pages 69-94
  5. Impacts of Dams in Switzerland

    • Walter Hauenstein, Raymond Lafitte
    Pages 95-122
  6. Hydrodevelopment and Population Displacement in Argentina

    • Leopoldo J. Bartolome, Christine M. Danklmaier
    Pages 123-152
  7. Impacts of Sobradinho Dam, Brazil

    • Benedito P. F. Braga, Joaquim Guedes Correa Gondim Filho, Martha Regina von Borstel Sugai, Sandra Vaz da Costa, Virginia Rodrigues
    Pages 153-170
  8. The Atatürk Dam in the Context of the Southeastern Anatolia (GAP) Project

    • Dogan Altinbilek, Cecilia Tortajada
    Pages 171-199
  9. Impacts of King River Power Development, Australia

    • Roger Gill, Morag Anderson
    Pages 201-218
  10. Resettlement in China

    • Guoqing Shi, Jian Zhou, Qingnian Yu
    Pages 219-241
  11. Impacts of Kangsabati Project, India

    • R. P. Saxena
    Pages 277-298
  12. Impacts of Koyna Dam, India

    • C. D. Thatte
    Pages 329-356
  13. Resettlement and Rehabilitation: Lessons from India

    • Mukuteswara Gopalakrishnan
    Pages 357-378
  14. Impacts of the High Aswan Dam

    • Asit K. Biswas, Cecilia Tortajada
    Pages 379-395
  15. Back Matter

    Pages 397-407

About this book

One of the most controversial issues of the water sector in recent years has been the impacts of large dams. Proponents have claimed that such structures are essential to meet the increasing water demands of the world and that their overall societal benefits far outweight the costs. In contrast, the opponents claim that social and environmental costs of large dams far exceed their benefits, and that the era of construction of large dams is over. A major reason as to why there is no consensus on the overall benefits of large dams is because objective, authoritative and comprehensive evaluations of their impacts, especially ten or more years after their construction, are conspicuous by their absence. This book debates impartially, comprehensively and objectively, the positive and negative impacts of large dams based on facts, figures and authoritative analyses. These in-depth case studies are expected to promote a healthy and balanced debate on the needs, impacts and relevance of large dams, with case studies from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America.

Keywords

  • Large dams
  • environmental impacts
  • regional development
  • social impacts
  • water management
  • landscape/regional and urban planning
  • ecotoxicology
  • water quality and water pollution

Editors and Affiliations

  • Third World Centre for Water Management, Los Clubes, Atizapan, Mexico

    Cecilia Tortajada, Asit K. Biswas

  • Fac. Engineering, Dept. Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey

    Dogan Altinbilek

About the editors

Dr. Cecilia Tortajada is the Scientific Director of the International Centre on Water and Environment (CIAMA), Zaragoza, Spain; Visiting Professor of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore; and Vice-president of the Third World Centre for Water Management in Mexico. She is the immediate Past President of the International Water Resources Association (2007-2009). She is also Editor of the International Journal of Water Resources Development and Associate Editor of Water International.

 

Dr. Dogan Altinbilek is Professor of Civil Engineering at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. He is a former Director General of the Turkish State Hydraulic Works (DSI). Currently, he is a Governor and Bureau Member of World Water Council. He is also Executive Board Member and former President of the International Hydropower Association.

Prof. Asit K. Biswas is the President of the Third World Centre for Water Management, a leading international think tank on global water issues, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore. One of the world´s leading authorities on water resources management, he is a founder of the International Water Resources Association and the World Water Council, and was a member of the World Commission on Water. He is author of more than 70 books and his work has now been translated into 33 languages.      

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Buying options

eBook USD 149.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-642-23571-9
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 199.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 219.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)