Perspectives on Water: Constructing Alternative Narratives

We human beings like to make sense of the world by constructing narratives to explain and interpret events to ourselves and to others. In the last decade, we have constructed many narratives on the growing imbalance between freshwater supply, consumption and population. Yet the ecological, social and economic benefits that freshwater systems provide and the trade-off between consumptive and on-stream benefits remain contested. The collection of narratives in this volume, which go deeper into the issue from both a developed and developing country perspective, call for a global perspective on sustainable use of water with an exclusive emphasis on better management of shared river basins and individual watersheds.


Lydia Powell

Sonali Mittra