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The Future Of Large Dams: Dealing With Social, Environmental And Political Costs

Scudder, Thayer

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ISBN 10: 1844071553 / ISBN 13: 9781844071555
Published by Earthscan / James & James, United Kin, 2005
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Title: The Future Of Large Dams: Dealing With ...

Publisher: Earthscan / James & James, United Kin

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

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* "The author is the undisputed world leader in this subject. The treatment is authoritative and magisterial" --Robert Goodland
* The definitive work on large dams--the world’s single most controversial, divisive and expensive development issue--essential reading
* Unmatched coverage of all aspects of large dams and development including economics, politics, environmental risk, energy, agriculture, and human displacement and resettlement

Viewed by some as symbols of progress and a necessary evil and by others as inherently flawed and destructive of ecosystems and societies, large dams remain the most contentious development issue on earth. Building on the work of the now defunct World Commission on Dams, Thayer Scudder, the world’s leading authority on large dams, weighs in on the debate with unprecedented authority.

Armed with a vast array of case studies and statistical data from Asia, including China and India, North America, Africa, and Latin America, Scudder charts the "middle way" forward by examining all aspects of the costs, benefits, and risks to ecosystems, societies and economies of large dam development projects. Employing the World Commission on Dams’ Seven Strategic Priorities, Scudder analyzes the structure of the decision-making process for water resource and energy development and the planning, implementation, and governance of assets when a large dam is selected as the best development option. He also assesses state-of-the-art procedures for addressing environmental, institutional, political, and social issues and tackles the highly contentious issue of dam-induced resettlement, illuminated by a statistical analysis of 50 cases.

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Thayer Scudder is Anthropology Professor Emeritus at the California Institute of Technology and former Commissioner of the World Commission on Dams.

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