Water, rivers and wetlands

Authored by: Jens Newig , Edward Challies

Routledge Handbook of Global Environmental Politics

Print publication date:  September  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415694209
eBook ISBN: 9780203799055
Adobe ISBN: 9781135090517

10.4324/9780203799055.ch34

 Download Chapter

 

Abstract

Water is vital to the life-supporting capacity of planet Earth. As a natural resource, water is essential to human activity across a number of sectors. Agriculture, energy generation, industrial production, and municipal supply and waste disposal, for example, are highly reliant on water. At an even more fundamental level, numerous ecosystem services essential to human collective wellbeing depend on clean water and the integrity and continuity of the hydrological cycle (Falkenmark 1997; UNEP 2009). Without the sustainable management and protection of water resources and associated ecosystems there can be no sustainable development or economic growth within ecological limits. However, surface water bodies, aquifer systems, and the hydrological cycle itself are increasingly under pressure as a result of human activity (IPCC 2007: ch. 3; MEA 2005: ch. 7).

 Cite
Search for more...
Back to top

Use of cookies on this website

We are using cookies to provide statistics that help us give you the best experience of our site. You can find out more in our Privacy Policy. By continuing to use the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.