Water, Cultural Diversity, and Global Environmental Change

Emerging Trends, Sustainable Futures?

  • Barbara Rose Johnston
  • Lisa Hiwasaki
  • Irene J. Klaver
  • Ameyali Ramos Castillo
  • Veronica Strang

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlviii
  2. Water and Cultural Diversity

  3. Culture and Water in Diverse Environments

  4. Water Value, Access, Use, and Control: Sociocultural Contexts of Water Scarcity

  5. Hydrodevelopment, Cultural Diversity and Sustainability

  6. The Ways Forward

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 533-560

About this book


A product of the UNESCO-IHP project on Water and Cultural Diversity, this book represents an effort to examine the complex role water plays as a force in sustaining, maintaining, and threatening the viability of culturally diverse peoples.  It is argued that water is a fundamental human need, a human right, and a core sustaining element in biodiversity and cultural diversity. The core concepts utilized in this book draw upon a larger trend in sustainability science, a recognition of the synergism and analytical potential in utilizing a coupled biological and social systems analysis, as the functioning viability of nature is both sustained and threatened by humans. 


Cultural diversity Environmental change Environmental sustainability Traditional knowledge Water

Editors and affiliations

  • Barbara Rose Johnston
    • 1
  • Lisa Hiwasaki
    • 2
  • Irene J. Klaver
    • 3
  • Ameyali Ramos Castillo
    • 4
  • Veronica Strang
    • 5
  1. 1.Center for Political EcologySANTA CRUZUSA
  2. 2.UNESCOJakartaIndonesia
  3. 3.University of North TexasDentonUSA
  4. 4.United Nations UniversityDarwinAustralia
  5. 5.University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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