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Management of Transboundary Rivers and Lakes

  • Olli Varis
  • Asit K. Biswas
  • Cecilia Tortajada
  • Written by the world's leading water experts

  • Analyses the magnitudes of transboundary water problems and objectively reviews management alternatives


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIX
  2. Anthony Turton
    Pages 21-79
  3. Thayer Scudder
    Pages 81-103
  4. Katri Mehtonen, Marko Keskinen, Olli Varis
    Pages 207-226
  5. Marcia Valiante
    Pages 245-267
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 293-304

About this book


Water’s role in the nature is very fundamental. As it circulates in the atmosphere, in the rivers, lakes, soil, rock, and in the oceans, it is the major conveyer of va- ous chemical substances and of energy, and it can also be called as the blood of the ecosystems of this planet. But at the same time water is interwoven in the va- ous functions of the nature and the human society in countless ways which makes water one of the most complicated challenges of the mankind today. These ch- lenges call for seeing water in a broad development framework, pressed by a mix of demographic, social, environmental, technological and economic drivers. Human beings are exploiting and enjoying, but at the same time polluting and deteriorating, the waters in various ways and water is equally important to the - man socio-economic system as it is to the nature. It may sound a bit anecdotal to say that water obeys no borders, but that is true; the hydrologic cycle with its r- ers, river basins, lakes, aquifers, rainfalls, oceans, etc., cross administrational b- ders without any passport control. River and lake basins are in most cases very different from the administrational borders that the human beings have set up.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Olli Varis
    • 1
  • Asit K. Biswas
    • 2
  • Cecilia Tortajada
    • 2
  1. 1.Water Resources LaboratoryHelsinki University of TechnologyEspooFinland
  2. 2.Third World Centre for Water ManagementLos Clubes, AtizapanMexico

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From the reviews:

"A welcome development that by the efforts of the Helsinki University of Technology and the Third World Centre for Water Management (with intellectual support of the International Water Resources Association), Springer has brought out a book on the Management of Transboundary Rivers and Lakes. It is based on many invited papers presented and discussed at an international workshop held in Espoo, Finland in August 2005." (Water Resources Development, Vol. 24 (4), December, 2008)