CONTENTS:- Preface; 1. Big dam construction is on the rise; 2. Water facts and findings on large dams; 3. A breakthrough in the evolution of large dams; 4. End of controversy on large dams; 5. Irrigation management: Facing the Challenge; 6. Strategies for improved water management; 7. Water problem in South India; 8. South Asia quarrels over water; 9. Solutions for a water-short world; 10. Solving conflicts over water uses; 11. The coming water crisis; 12. Water: Will There be Enough? 13. Water: An Educational and Informative Approach; 14. Population growth and fresh water; 15. Fresh water and the environment; 16. Watershed development programme; 17. A rare and precious resource; 18. WTO agricultural negotiations: Completing the Task; 19. The Uruguay Round Agreement on agriculture; 20. Developing countries and the WTO agricultural negotiations; 21. The future of agricultural trade; 22. Export subsidies: A Distortion to Free Trade in Agriculture; 23. The Uruguay Round and agricultural reform; 24. Major cyclones in Andhra Pradesh: Some Observations; 25. Crisis prevention: Can Better Development Planning Lessen the Toll of Civil Emergencies and Natural Disasters? 26. The do's and don'ts of risk reduction; 27. Food security: Availability and Access to Food; 28. Food for the billions; 29. Food first; 30. Population growth and energy; 31. Energy: A Fair Deal for all; 32. Energy and sustainability; 33. What's driving migration;
There are few issues that have greater impact on the life of mankind and the planet as a whole than the management of our most important natural resources water. This has only been realised in detail more recently by the general public as well as by many planners and decision-makers. Around the world they have begun to appropriate the critical importance of a reliable water supply for their future survival and sustainable development. Rivers are lifelines in countries like India serving different uses such as transport, agriculture, fisheries, personal hygiene and others. Conflicts over use of water resources must be settled through better water management policies. In many localities of the earth water-related problems have become extremely acute, even critical. In some places they are the source of social instability and are a threat to international security. There is not the slightest doubt that, with further population increase and under the "water business-as-usual" scenario, these problems will become ever major acute, thus creating ever more instability. After decades of water waste, water pollution, and inability to provide basic water services to the poor we must fundamentally change the way we think about and manage water. We have to realise that water can no longer be considered to be a cheap and plentiful resource, which can be used abused or squandered without much concern for further human welfare.