Water in Southern Africa

Water in Southern Africa

by Larry A. Swatuk


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When it comes to water, we are fed a daily diet of doom and gloom, of a looming crisis: wars of the future will be over water; nearly one-billion people lack access to clean water; river basins are closed so there is no more water to be allocated despite ever-growing demand; aquifers are overdrawn to such an extent that a global food crisis is just around the corner and major cities, such as Bangkok and Mexico, are sinking. And let us not forget about pollution or vector-borne diseases. The challenges for sustainable water management are massive. Yet, as shown in this book, there are many positives to be drawn from the southern African experience. Despite abiding conditions of economic underdevelopment and social inequality, people rise to the challenge, oftentimes out of necessity and through self-help, but sometimes through creative coalitions operating at different scales: from the local to the global, and across issue areas; from transboundary governance to urban water supply. This first volume in the Off-Centre series argues that we must learn to see water and the region differently if we are to meet present challenges and better prepare for an uncertain, climate-changing future. OFF-CENTRE is a book series focused on the social, political and cultural life of South Africa and the southern African region. The series offers new perspectives on issues of public interest and concern. Written in a deliberately accessible style, each book presents an engaging and informative read for specialist and lay-person alike, utilising the best of academic scholarship to challenge and correct conventional wisdoms. (Series: Off-Centre: New Perspectives on Public Issues, Vol. 1) [Subject: Environmental Studies, Water Studies, African Studies]

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781869143640
Publisher: University Of KwaZulu-Natal Press
Publication date: 10/15/2017
Series: Off-Centre: New Perspectives on Public Issues Series , #1
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.30(d)

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