From the publisher:
Water is the resource that will determine the wealth, welfare, and stability of many countries in the twenty-first century. This book offers a new approach to managing water that will overcome the conflicts that emerge when the interactions among natural, societal, and political forces are overlooked. Solutions will only emerge if a negotiated or diplomatic approach¿that blends science, policy, and politics¿is used to manage water networks. The authors show how open and constantly changing water networks can be managed successfully using collaborative adaptive techniques to build informed agreements among experts, users with conflicting interests, and governmental bodies.