Large Dams: Long Term Impacts on Riverine Communities and Free Flowing Rivers


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Large Dams: Long Term Impacts on Riverine Communities and Free Flowing Rivers Author: Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: Springer Verlag Singapore Pages: 284 Illustrations and other contents: 50 Tables, color; 39 Illustrations, color; 1 Illustrations, black and white; XXVIII, 284 p. 40 illus., 39 illus. in color. Language: English ISBN: 9789811347894 Categories: , , ,

This book highlights the first comparative long-term analysis of the negative impacts of large dams on riverine communities and on free-flowing rivers in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Following the Foreword by Professor Asit K. Biswas, the first section covers the 1956-1973 period, when the author believed that large dams provided an exceptional opportunity for integrated river basin development. In turn, the second section (1976-1997) reflects the author’s increasing concerns about the magnitude of the socio-economic and environmental costs of large dams, while the third (1998-2018) discusses why large dams are in fact not cost-effective in the long term.

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Author Biography

Prof. Thayer Scudder is an Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the California Institute of Technology, USA. He is a leading World authority on dams and is the former Commissioner of the World Commission on Dams. His research interests are in the area of socioeconomic impacts of large dams, regional development, and community-based natural resource management.