Water and its management: Dependence, linkages and challenges

Janos J. Bogardi*, Luna Bharati, Stephen Foster, Sanita Dhaubanjar

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This chapter highlights the key dependences, linkages and challenges of water resources management. (Many of these issues discussed are revisited and illustrated in the following chapters.) The first part introduces surface and groundwater management in the terrestrial part of the water cycle. Comprehensive presentations of key hydrological phenomena and processes, monitoring, assessment and control are followed by overviews of dependences, linkages and challenges. The manifold facets of intensive human/resource interaction and inherent threats to the resources base are exposed. Both sections present examples illustrating differing contexts and options for solution. The second part summarizes the main drivers and challenges of contemporary water resources management and governance. It provides a critical overview of different water discourses in recent decades. The role of benchmark and recurring water events, their declarations and intergovernmental resolutions are analyzed, and the key concepts and methods of implementation are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Water Resources Management
Subtitle of host publicationDiscourses, Concepts and Examples
Number of pages45
ISBN (Electronic)9783030601478
ISBN (Print)9783030601454
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2021


  • Availability and uses
  • Challenges of water resource management
  • Groundwater
  • Surface water


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