Third World Centre for Water Management


Water Development and Environment

It is thus evident that water development is essential for economic development of developing countries. Hence, the fundamental question that should be asked is not whether there should be water developments, but rather how to meet the basic human needs and aspirations of all the world’s people, without simultaneously destroying the resource base, that is, the environment, from which these needs must be met. This means that “environment” must be looked at in a broader context: it can no longer be viewed only in terms of environmental pollution, such as water, air and soil pollution, just as economic and social developments can no longer be adequately measured solely in terms of growth in gross national products.

Asit K. Biswas, 1978, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, IIASA Professional Paper, IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria

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