Integrated Water Resources Management under Water Scarcity

Authored by: Saeid Eslamian , Elham Mohri-Isfahani , Arash Mahdavi , Foroozan Rajaei-Rizi , Maryam Marzi-Nouhedani , Mahboubeh Ghasemi-Zanyani , Sara Dehghani , Seyedeh Zahra Hosseini-Teshnizi , Farzad Esmaeili , Nasrin Shojaei , Mohsen Ghane , Ali Hasantabar-Amiri

Handbook of Drought and Water Scarcity

Print publication date:  July  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781498731003
eBook ISBN: 9781315226774
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781315226774-32

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Abstract

Integrated water resources management (IWRM) is not a past paradigm. The fact that the concept has survived decades of scrutiny and is still being implemented globally can be considered a strong proof of its viability as a strategy. IWRM has the same elements as the contemporary concept of sustainable development, which also is an overall strategic approach, rather than a detailed, delivery-oriented technical set of guidance. IWRM could be seen as a subset of sustainable development adapted to the water resources management context. The attractiveness of IWRM lies perhaps in its intuitiveness and the fact that the basic concept is relatively simple, in which case there is no need to change the paradigm. Instead, careful attention should be paid so as not to overcomplicate the concept.

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