This book argues that the active participation of women is critical for ensuring sustainable use of water resources. Women’s role in water management has hitherto been seen only in the context of the provision or use of water in households and communities. The contributors to this volume suggest that though these roles are important, women can play larger and more significant roles in relation to water management, namely as decision makers, planners, managers and research scientists.
Examining various contexts in Latin America, the essays that comprise this book analyse the roles that women play, both as end users and as facilitators of efficient and integrated water management, to improve the quality of life and simultaneously protect the environment. The experiences of senior decisionmakers and professionals from various countries find place here, specifically in terms of macro policy and management issues.
The lessons to be learnt from the Latin American experience are of special value within the developing world as a whole. This volume will therefore interest all who work on development and water-related issues.
Edited by C. Tortajada, 2000, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 231 pages.