This book is a collection of ten papers by various experts in the area of water management and its sustainable development. The contributions maintain that it is water and not oil which will become the most critical resource in the twenty-first century. Most of the economically exploitable water sources have been developed. But one as yet untapped source is rivers shared by two or more countries. The harnessing of these rivers has been hampered by political considerations.
This book, details the potential for development of three major Asian inter-nation rivers—the Ganges—Brahmaputra, The Mekong and the Salween. If these rivers were to be developed on a sustainable basis, benefits to the people of the region would be enormous, whereas continuing to ignore the potential could contribute to serious regional tension.
Edited by Asit K. Biswas and Tsuyoshi Hashimoto, 1996, Oxford University Press, Bombay, 289 pages.