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Development Trajectories of River Basins A Conceptual Framework

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Molle, François
Date: 2003
Agency: International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Colombo, Sri Lanka
Series: IWMI Research Report no. 72
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/3822
Sector: Water Resource & Irrigation
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Subject(s): water resources
rivers
social behavior
scarcity
dams
dykes
canals
conservation
Abstract: "The development of societies is shaped to a large extent by their resources base, notably water resources. Access to and control of water depends primarily on the available technology and engineering feats, such as river-diversion structures, canals, dams and dikes. As growing human pressure on water resources brings actual water use closer to potential ceilings, supply-augmentation options get scarcer, and societies, therefore, usually respond by adopting conservation measures and by reallocating water towards more beneficial uses."

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