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Integrated Water Management

Practical Experiences and Case Studies

  • Patrick Meire
  • Marleen Coenen
  • Claudio Lombardo
  • Michela Robba
  • Roberto Sacile
Conference proceedings

Part of the NATO Science Series book series (NAIV, volume 80)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Concepts and Approaches of Integrated Water Management

    1. Patrick Meire, Marleen Coenen, Claudio Lombardo, Michela Robba, Roberto Sacile
      Pages 1-8
    2. Fabrizio Colaceci, Riccardo Minciardi, Claudio Lombardo, Michela Robba, Roberto Sacile
      Pages 11-21
    3. Joaquín Izquierdo, José L. Díaz, Rafael Pérez, P. Amparo López, José J. Mora
      Pages 51-68
    4. Carlo Giupponi, Alessandra Sgobbi, Jaroslav Mysiak, Roberta Camera, Anita Fassio
      Pages 69-93
    5. Andrea Nardini, Andrea Goltara, Bertrand Chartier
      Pages 95-112
  3. Case Studies

    1. Tomaz Ponce Dentinho, João Porteiro, Helena Calado, Emiliana Silva, José Carlos Fontes, Paulo Borges et al.
      Pages 141-153
    2. Phil Jordan, Colleen Ward, Joerg Arnscheidt, Suzanne McCormick
      Pages 171-177
    3. Jurate Kriauciuniene, Diana Sarauskiene
      Pages 189-197
    4. Eric Masson, Francis Meilliez
      Pages 207-217
    5. Tomaz Ponce Dentinho, Riccardo Minciardi, Michela Robba, Roberto Sacile, Vasco Silva
      Pages 219-232
    6. Mike Bonell
      Pages 247-261

About these proceedings


It is widely stipulated that the world’s water supply will come to symbolize the blue gold of the 21st century. As such, it is essential that further efforts be invested in developing practical means for managing this natural wealth, in order to avoid any possible threat of depletion, contamination or adverse side effects for the societies who depend on it. Water is a limited resource, and human beings and their subsequent anth- pogenic processes can cause subtle but drastic variations in its quantity and quality, which can in turn result in changes to the source’s related ecosystem. The EC directive 2000/60 introduced a whole range of specific definitions, objectives and constraints regarding the various aspects of water management, including water quality management, policies, economic aspects, ecology, price, and sustainable development. These issues all require the formulation of common, integrated, sustainable approaches for managing the water system from a multidisciplinary perspective, and the definition of new professional skills, requirements which become even more evident where transboundary areas are concerned. In order to take decisions in an equitable, sustainable, and ethical fashion, water resource management does in fact call for extensive knowledge of the complex relationships between citizens and their water system. The book represents a practical contribution made possible thanks to the efforts of scientists from NATO countries and partners, along with Belgium and Italy’s collaboration on Integrated Water Management and its possible risk factors, including problems related to targeted terrorist acts.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Patrick Meire
    • 1
  • Marleen Coenen
    • 2
  • Claudio Lombardo
    • 3
  • Michela Robba
    • 4
  • Roberto Sacile
    • 5
  1. 1.University of AntwerpBelgium
  2. 2.University of AntwerpBelgium
  3. 3.IST National Institute for Cancer ResearchSpain
  4. 4.University of GenovaItaly
  5. 5.University of GenovaItaly

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