Now available online: Water, Cultural Diversity, and Global Environmental Change: Emerging Trends, Sustainable Futures?
UNESCO press release, 21 December 2012

PARIS, FRANCE: Published by Springer in December 2011, this 560 page-book edited by Barbara Rose Johnston, Lisa Hiwasaki, Irene J. Klaver, Ameyali Ramos Castillo and Veronica Strang is now available online. A product of the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme project on Water and Cultural Diversity, the 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 divided into five parts. Part I explores water’s fundamental place in life and articulates the “culture of water” and the environmental consequences of human relationships with water. Part II considers the “culture of water” through an explicit focus on traditional ecological knowledge and water resource management. Part III examines current patterns of water resource management in various ecoregions and geopolitical contexts. Part IV considers the changing and possible future dynamics of intersections between water, biodiversity and cultural diversity, with a critical focus on the lessons learned from the past several decades of hydrodevelopment. Part V sketches out alternative scenarios for the future, arguing that a sustainable approach to water resource development must be one that sustains the cultural and biological diversity of life. Download the book [pdf] … Read the UNESCO press release … Read the 2011 TK Bulletin post on the book …

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