An evaluation of key concepts in water resource management

The water world has become saturated with new concepts, argues a recent IWMI publication.

‚Key concepts in water resource management: A review and critical evaluation, a book recently released by International Water Management Institute (IWMI); examines a prominent set of new but widely used terms in the field of water management, in order to clarify their meanings and improve the basis on which we identify and tackle the world’s water challenges.

According to the book, in the world of water management, new concepts abound, reflecting ever-growing recognition of the importance of water in the global development agenda. From responding to the challenges of climate change, population growth, food insecurity and energy development, water is often the common denominator. But as the discipline of water management has risen to prominence, it has also grown in complexity.

The vocabulary and discourse of water resource management have expanded vastly in recent years to include an array of new concepts and terminology, such as water security, water productivity, virtual water and water governance. While the new conceptual lenses may generate insights that improve responses to the world’s water challenges, their practical use is often encumbered by ambiguity and confusion.

This book takes stock of what several of the more prominent new terms mean, reviews variation in interpretation, explores how they are measured, and discusses their respective added value. On the spotlight are six key areas:-

  • Water scarcity
  • Water governance
  • Water security
  • Water productivity
  • Water footprints and virtual water
  • Green and blue water

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