Impacts of Large Dams: A Global Assessment

  • Cecilia Tortajada
  • Dogan Altinbilek
  • Asit K. Biswas

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Rita Cestti, R. P. S. Malik
    Pages 19-35
  3. Thayer Scudder
    Pages 37-67
  4. Olli Varis, Matti Kummu, Saku Härkönen, Jari T. Huttunen
    Pages 69-94
  5. Walter Hauenstein, Raymond Lafitte
    Pages 95-122
  6. Leopoldo J. Bartolome, Christine M. Danklmaier
    Pages 123-152
  7. Benedito P. F. Braga, Joaquim Guedes Correa Gondim Filho, Martha Regina von Borstel Sugai, Sandra Vaz da Costa, Virginia Rodrigues
    Pages 153-170
  8. Dogan Altinbilek, Cecilia Tortajada
    Pages 171-199
  9. Roger Gill, Morag Anderson
    Pages 201-218
  10. Guoqing Shi, Jian Zhou, Qingnian Yu
    Pages 219-241
  11. R. P. Saxena
    Pages 277-298
  12. C. D. Thatte
    Pages 329-356
  13. Mukuteswara Gopalakrishnan
    Pages 357-378
  14. Asit K. Biswas, Cecilia Tortajada
    Pages 379-395
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 397-407

About this book


One of the most controversial issues of the water sector in recent years has been the impacts of large dams. Proponents have claimed that such structures are essential to meet the increasing water demands of the world and that their overall societal benefits far outweight the costs. In contrast, the opponents claim that social and environmental costs of large dams far exceed their benefits, and that the era of construction of large dams is over. A major reason as to why there is no consensus on the overall benefits of large dams is because objective, authoritative and comprehensive evaluations of their impacts, especially ten or more years after their construction, are conspicuous by their absence. This book debates impartially, comprehensively and objectively, the positive and negative impacts of large dams based on facts, figures and authoritative analyses. These in-depth case studies are expected to promote a healthy and balanced debate on the needs, impacts and relevance of large dams, with case studies from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America.


Large dams environmental impacts regional development social impacts water management

Editors and affiliations

  • Cecilia Tortajada
    • 1
  • Dogan Altinbilek
    • 2
  • Asit K. Biswas
    • 3
  1. 1.Third World Centre for Water ManagementLos Clubes, AtizapanMexico
  2. 2.Fac. Engineering, Dept. Civil EngineeringMiddle East Technical University (METU)AnkaraTurkey
  3. 3.Third World Centre for Water ManagementLos Clubes, AtizapanMexico

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