© 2009

Impacts of Megaconferences on the Water Sector

  • Asit K. Biswas
  • Cecilia Tortajada

Part of the Water Resources Development and Management book series (WRDM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Overall Analysis

  3. Country-Specific Analysis

    1. Front Matter
    2. Mikiyasu Nakayama, Kumi Furuyashiki
      Pages 163-193
    3. C.D. Thatte
      Pages 195-201
    4. ATM Shamsul Huda
      Pages 203-215
    5. Anthony Turton, Anton Earle, Mikael Drackner
      Pages 249-266
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 267-276

About this book


Since the late 1990s, megaconferences in the water-related sectors have become regular occurrences. The latest one, in Mexico City, in March 2006, is estimated to have cost a total of $205 million, and had 19,000+ participants. In spite of such huge costs and organizational efforts, not a single water megaconference has ever been seriously evaluated in terms of its overall impacts on the water sector. This book is the first pioneering study to assess the impacts of the megaconferences on water policies, programs and projects at global, regional and national levels. The results are bleak. The evaluation indicated that except for the UN Water Conference, held in Argentina in 1977, the impacts of the subsequent megaconferences have been at best marginal in terms of knowledge generation and application, poverty alleviation, environmental conservation and /or increasing availability of investments funds for the water sector.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Asit K. Biswas
    • 1
  • Cecilia Tortajada
    • 1
  1. 1.Third World Centre for Water ManagementMexico

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