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Antonio A R Ioris

In: The SAGE Handbook of Nature: Three Volume Set

Chapter 30: Conflicting Demands, Urban Dilemmas and Narrow Thinking about Water: Political Necessity and the Possibilities of Change

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Conflicting Demands, Urban Dilemmas and Narrow Thinking about Water: Political Necessity and the Possibilities of Change
Conflicting Demands, Urban Dilemmas and Narrow Thinking about Water: Political Necessity and the Possibilities of Change
Antonio A R Ioris
Introduction: Water beyond H2O

Water is anything but trivial. It is a substance essential for the maintenance of life, productive activities and cultural identity. Water circulates through, and helps to shape, all landscapes and ecosystems; nonetheless, there is growing concern around the world about its declining availability and unfair allocation. Water use and conservation can be highly contested processes and typically encapsulate operational challenges, intersectoral disputes and multi-level expectations (i.e. manifested locally and also nationally and internationally). Especially since the middle of the twentieth century, economic development has been associated with ...

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