Urban Drought

Emerging Water Challenges in Asia

  • Bhaswati Ray
  • Rajib Shaw

Part of the Disaster Risk Reduction book series (DRR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Bhaswati Ray, Rajib Shaw
    Pages 1-15
  3. Bhaswati Ray, Rajib Shaw
    Pages 17-32
  4. Bhaswati Ray, Rajib Shaw
    Pages 33-51
  5. Bhaswati Ray, Rajib Shaw
    Pages 53-68
  6. Bijon Kumer Mitra, Rajib Shaw, Wanglin Yan, Tomoko Takeda
    Pages 69-86
  7. Shyamli Singh, Vinod K. Sharma
    Pages 155-167
  8. Basanta Raj Adhikari, Suresh Das Shrestha, Narendra Man Shakya
    Pages 169-182
  9. Emma Porio, Jessica Dator-Bercilla, Gemma Narisma, Faye Cruz, Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga
    Pages 183-208
  10. Emily Ying Yang Chan, Janice Ying-en Ho
    Pages 241-262
  11. Ali Ardalan, Mona Khaleghy Rad, Mahdi Hadi
    Pages 263-288
  12. Atta-ur Rahman, Attaullah Khan, Noorul Haq, Samiullah, Rajib Shaw
    Pages 289-309
  13. A. J. M. K. K. Aviruppola, K. W. G. Rekha Nianthi
    Pages 311-328
  14. Serjmyadag Dalai, Oyunbaatar Dambaravjaa, Gomboluudev Purevjav
    Pages 347-361
  15. Tarun Kumar Mondal, Paramita Roychowdhury
    Pages 363-383
  16. Alfi Rahman, Shimpei Iwasaki, Stephen Anthony Sutton, Aiko Sakurai, Parmakope
    Pages 399-412

About this book


This book presents water insecurity issues in urban areas while developing a water security index and explores the innovative approaches to water development and management with examples from Asian cities. The urban water crisis is a global phenomenon, but it is more obvious in the megacities of the developing world. Urban drought, although not a familiar term, will pose a significant threat to humankind in the near future, especially in the context of increasing population in cities. Many cities are already unable to provide safe, clean water for their citizens. Some of the world’s largest cities depend heavily on groundwater for their water supply. It is unlikely that dependence on aquifers, which take many years to recharge, will be sustainable. As urban populations grow, water use will need to shift from agriculture to municipal and industrial uses, making decisions about allocating between different sectors difficult.

Inefficient water-use practices by households and industries, fragmented management of water between sectors and institutions, climate-induced water shortages, environmental degradation of water sources, and inadequate use of alternate sources are also issues of major concern. Despite recent advances in the literature, there exists a considerable gap in attempting an integrated water-resource management approach.

Covering all aspects of urban drought and water insecurity, this book is a valuable resource for students, researchers, academics, policy makers, and development practitioners.


Water insecurity Innovative water practices Urban water challenges Drought in Asian Cities Water-security index Water in Asian cities Water development and management Resilience in the urban water sector

Editors and affiliations

  • Bhaswati Ray
    • 1
  • Rajib Shaw
    • 2
  1. 1.Sivanath Sastri CollegeUniversity of CalcuttaKolkataIndia
  2. 2.Graduate School of Media and GovernanceKeio UniversityFujisawaJapan

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