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Integrated Water Resources Management

Integrated Water Resources Management
Global Theory, Emerging Practice and Local Needs

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June 2018 | 404 pages | SAGE India
Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) has become the international label for the ‘new approach’ to water resources management. This volume, and in fact the entire series, investigates how this global concept resonates with regional, national and local concerns in South Asia.

This is the first volume in a new series under the aegis of the South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies (SaciWATERs) and explains the IWRM.

This volume begins by tracking the emergence of IWRM as a central notion in water debates. It then discusses the European experience with IWRM in the context of the European Water Framework Directive—the most comprehensive attempt so far at an IWRM-based water governance and management system. Thereafter, the book turns to South Asia. Among other things, the contributors argue that:
- in South Asia, IWRM is a concept in search of a constituency, and not a concept that has emerged from regional or local practice;
- understanding and implementing IWRM requires interdisciplinary analysis and frameworks;
- IWRM is a ‘boundary’ concept—plastic enough to adapt to local needs and the constraints of several parties employing it, yet robust enough to maintain a common identity across sites;
- there are issues and limits in transplanting the model of river basin organizations, a central thrust within the global IWRM discourse; and
— a focus on water alone may be misguided, and that IWRM should look intensely at land-water linkages.
Peter P. Mollinga
IWRM in South Asia
A Concept Looking for a Constituency

J.A Allan
The New Sanctioned Discourse?

Timothy Moss
Solving Problems of 'Fit' at the Expense of Problems of 'Interplay'?
The Spatial Reorganisation of Water Management following the EU Water Framework Directive

Tushaar Shah, Ian Makin and R. Sakthivadivel
Limits to Leapfrogging
Issues in Transposing Successful River Basin Management Institutions in the Developing World

Jayanta Bandyopadhyay
Criteria for a Holistic Framework for Water Systems Management in India
D.J. Bandaragoda
Water-Land Linkages
A Relatively Neglected Issue in IWRM

R. Sakthivadivel
Water Balance Studies and Hydrological Modeling for IWRM
Lalani Imbulana
Water Allocation between Agriculture and Hydropower
A Case Study of Kalthota Irrigation Scheme, Sri Lanka

Ranjith Ratnayake
'Inter/ Intra-Sector Coordination as a Means to IWRM
The Case of Sri Lanka

S. Janakarajan
Approaching IWRM through Multi-Stakeholders' Dialogue
Some Experience from South India

Kusum Athukorala
Water Transfers Out of Agriculture
Towards a Win-Win Solution? A Case Study of Thuruwila, Sri Lanka

Anant Phadke and Bharat Patankar
Asserting the Rights of the Toiling Peasantry for Water Use
The Movement of the Dam Oustees and the Drought Affected Toilers in South Maharashtra


This is an outstanding contribution that calls for the need to examine prospects of future water management in South Asia from an interdisciplinary knowledge base perspective. It is strongly recommended as it examines the risks and uncertainties in knowledge, involved while taking wise decisions on IWRM in South Asia.

Down to Earth

This book, by engaging with some of the critical conceptual issues in IWRM and providing illustrative and actual case studies, would definitely contribute to sharpening the IWRM discourse globally and at the same time help make it more socially relevant in the South Asian context.

The Book Review

The hallmark of this volume is its focus on the comparison and addressing, at the South Asian water-related conflicts in the future….The study provides valuable information about how the south Asian countries were facing the challenge of providing water facing for a very large population.