International conflict over water resources in Himalayan Asia /
Robert G. Wirsing, Daniel C. Stoll, Christopher Jasparro.
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
xiii, 273 p.
0230237835 (hbk.), 9780230237834 (hbk.)
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
0230237835 (hbk.)
9780230237834 (hbk.)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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A study of the contemporary impact of river resource rivalry on interstate relations in the Himalayan Asian region
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Focusing on transboundary river systems and their basins, the authors explore the fresh water crisis of Himalayan Asia. While the region hosts some of the world's mightiest rivers, it is also home to rapidly modernizing, increasingly affluent, and demographically multiplying societies. This combination ensures both the depletion of water resources and the increase in disputes over ownership of transboundary river waters. In a thorough investigation, based on extensive field research across Asia, the authors examine how these disputes impact the present and future interstate relations of this key region.
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The authors explore the fresh water crisis of Himalayan Asia. While the region hosts some of the world's mightiest rivers, it is also home to rapidly modernising, increasingly affluent, and demographically multiplying societies, ensuring the rapid depletion of water resources and of disputes over ownership of transboundary waters.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. viii
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. x
About the Authorsp. xii
Fundamentals of River Rivalry in Himalayan Asia
Water Insecurity in Himalayan Asiap. 3
The crisis over freshwater resourcesp. 3
Himalayan Asia: Geographic scope of the studyp. 5
The argumentp. 8
Himalayan Asia's freshwater crisis: Overviewp. 13
Organization of the bookp. 17
Challenge of Climate Change in Himalayan Asiap. 19
What does a changing climate portend for regional water geopolitics?p. 19
Assessing climate change and freshwater in Asiap. 19
Glaciers: Impact on Asian freshwater supplies of deglaciation in the Himalayan-Tibetan Plateau regionp. 22
Glacial recession and effects on water availabilityp. 27
Glacial lake outburst floodsp. 28
Glaciers and climate changep. 29
Floods and drought: Too much water or too little?p. 30
Sea-level rise and sinking deltasp. 33
What does it all mean?p. 37
Sources of Transboundary River Disputes
Damming the Rivers - I: The Irrigation Imperativep. 45
Negotiating water shares: The problem of food securityp. 45
India, Pakistan, and the Indus basin: Dividing the spoils of warp. 46
Indus Waters Treaty: Partition's river legacyp. 47
Indus basin: Food (in)security and the irrigation imperativep. 54
India, Bangladesh, and the GBM basin: Leveraging inequalityp. 63
A barrage on the Ganges: Feud over the Farakkap. 64
Damming the Teesta: A collision of ambitionsp. 75
The bilateral approach to water sharingp. 79
Damming the Rivers - II: The Energy Imperativep. 83
The quest for hydroelectric powerp. 83
Hydropower and India's energy securityp. 85
India, Pakistan, and the hydropower resources of Kashmirp. 88
Kashmir: The Indus runs through itp. 88
Damming the Chenab - The Baglihar disputep. 92
Damming the Jhelum - The Kishenganga disputep. 95
Hydropower politics: Last rites for the Indus Waters Treaty?p. 98
China, India, and the hydropower resources of the Brahmaputra basinp. 100
China, Southeast Asia, and the hydropower resources of the greater Mekong basinp. 104
Making way for the hydrohegemonp. 108
Damming the Rivers - III: The Diversion Imperativep. 113
Mega schemes for relieving water scarcity: On the way to mega rivalry?p. 113
China, India, and the Brahmaputra basin: Diversion on the drawing boardp. 114
Tapping the Tibetan freshwater tower: A convergence of divergence?p. 118
Bangladesh and the vanishing Brahmaputra: In the middle of mega schemes?p. 125
Alternatives to Water Conflict
Cooperative River Basin Managementp. 133
The regional multistate solution: Is Asia ready for integrated river governance?p. 133
UN convention on the law of non-navigational uses of international watercoursesp. 134
Middle East river systemsp. 138
Euphrates-Tigris river basinp. 138
Nile river basinp. 146
Jordan river basinp. 162
Summaryp. 170
Water Technology Innovationp. 173
Is there a technology "fast track" to water security?p. 173
Desalination of seawater: From salt to shining seap. 173
Irrigation: Water-saving technologies in agriculturep. 183
Additional technological food for thoughtp. 189
Wastewater recycling: Can greywater help "green" Himalayan Asia?p. 189
Rainwater harvestingp. 193
Back to the future: Rediscovering ancient water technologiesp. 195
The Future of Himalayan Asia's Rivers
Conclusion: Swimming against the Tidep. 203
Water wars or pacific waters ahead?p. 203
Perils on the path to water cooperationp. 204
Tools for changep. 206
The rise of resource nationalismp. 208
The revenge of geography: The enduring curse of geopoliticsp. 210
The urgency of regional cooperationp. 212
Notesp. 214
Indexp. 260
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