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Sustainable Development: The Power of Water to Ease Poverty and Ehnance Ecology

Govindasamy Agoramoorthy (Author)

The Earth’s thirsty and burgeoning human population is confronted today with the reality of an unchanging freshwater supply-a disparity that grows worse each year. Global water usages have increased six fold during the last century, and policymakers and politicians have met this increasing demand by building larger dams. Can these megadams solve chronic water shortages, poverty, and future food security? Proponents have argued that bigger dams are better; they increase irrigation opportunities, provide water to drought-prone areas, reduce flooding, and supply hydropower. However, opponents have found that the social costs of displacement due to dams are as dramatic as the ecological cost. Evidence from semi-arid regions of western India has shown that a more sustainable solution may be to build instead numerous check dams-small barriers using stones, cement, steel and concrete built across the direction of water flow on rivers to harvest rainwater. In this book, the author based on his research conducted at the NM Sadguru Water and Development Foundation introduces the pressing issues of water management in the drylands of India emphasizing sustainable development. This monograph highlights a variety of development issues involving water resources, lift irrigation, agriculture, floriculture, sanitation, renewable energy, and human ecology. Therefore this book should serve as an introductory, supplementary and reference text for sustainable development, natural resource management, ecology, water resource management, agriculture, renewable energy, and rural development courses in colleges, universities and other institutes of higher learning around the globe.

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About the author

Govindasamy Agoramoorthy

Govindasamy Agoramoorthy has taught, lectured, and conducted research in primatology, zoo biology, wildlife and environmental sciences at several universities and research institutions in India, USA, Belgium, Netherlands, Liberia, Venezuela, Argentina, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and other countries.  He became the first biologist to conduct surveys for forest primates and white-breasted guinea fowls in Liberia (West Africa) on behalf of the World Wide Fund for Nature.  He was Visiting Scientist at Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.) between 1989 and 1993.  He is currently Professor at Tajen University, Taiwan.  He serves in the advisory board of several international environmental groups and scientific journals.  He has been the Chairman of Ethics and Welfare (SEAZA) since 1998 and he continues to improve animal welfare standards.  He has published over 150 research papers in international journals.  Agoramaoorthy is a renowned biologist, professor and theorist in the fields of nature, society, and animal/human rights.

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Title Sustainable Development: The Power of Water to Ease Poverty and Ehnance Ecology
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2018
Edition 1st.ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788170356165
length xvi+283p., Figs; Tabls; Ind; 23cm.