The Future of Large Dams: Dealing with Social, Environmental, Institutional and Political Costs

1st Edition

Thayer Scudder

Routledge
Published April 1, 2006
Reference - 408 Pages
ISBN 9781844073382 - CAT# Y123314

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Summary

Viewed by some as symbols of progress and by others as inherently flawed, large dams remain one of the most contentious development issues on Earth. Building on the work of the now defunct World Commission on Dams, Thayer Scudder wades into the debate with unprecedented authority. Employing the Commission's Seven Strategic priorities, Scudder charts the 'middle way' forward by examining the impacts of large dams on ecosystems, societies and political economies. He also analyses the structure of the decision-making process for water resource development and tackles the highly contentious issue of dam-induced resettlement, illuminated by a statistical analysis of 50 cases.

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