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close this bookWater for Urban Areas (UNU, 2000, 243 p.)
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Open this folder and view contents1. Water for urban areas of the developing world in the twenty-first century
Open this folder and view contents2. Water management in Metropolitan Tokyo
Open this folder and view contents3. Water quality management issues in the Kansai Metropolitan Region
Open this folder and view contents4. Water management in mega-cities in India: Mumbai, Delhi, Calcutta, and Chennai
Open this folder and view contents5. Water supply and distribution in the metropolitan area of Mexico City
Open this folder and view contents6. Wastewater management and reuse in mega-cities
Open this folder and view contents7. The role of the private sector in the provision of water and wastewater services in urban areas
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Takashi Asano
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California at Davis, CA, USA

Asit K. Riswas
President, Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico City, Mexico

Masahisa Nakamura
Director, Lake Biwa Research Institute, Shiga, Japan

Rajendra Sagane
Member Secretary, Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran, Mumbai, India

Charles Scawthorn
Senior Vice President, EQE International, Tokyo, Japan, and Oakland, USA

Walter Stottmann
Water and Sanitation Sector Leader, The World Bank, Washington, D.C., USA

Yutaka Takahasi
Professor Emeritus, Department of Civil Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan

Cecilia Tortajada-Quiroz
Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico City, Mexico

Juha I. Uitto
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Global Environment Facility, Washington, D.C., USA

Management of Latin American River Basins:
Amazon, Plata, and SFrancisco
Edited by Asit K. Biswas, Newton V. Cordeiro, Benedito P.F. Braga, and Cecilia Tortajada
UNU Series on Water Resources Management and Policy

Increasing populations, the environmental stresses of economic development and water-related public health risks make sustainable water management increasingly complex. As per-capita demand for water in developing countries is steadily increasing, analysis indicates that the cost of future water source development will be double to triple the cost of similar projects in the current decade. This book gathers expert analyses of issues surrounding three of Latin America's largest and most important rivers, including inter-state and intra-state conflicts over their fair and sustainable use.

ISBN 92-808-1012-X
US$29.95; 360 pp; paper

Central Eurasian Water Crisis:
Caspian, Aral, and Dead Seas

Edited by Iwao Kobori and Michael H. Glantz
UNU Series on Water Resources Management and Policy

This book's title reflects the global awareness that various regions increasingly face problems of water quality and quantity. This work focuses on three such regions: the Dead Sea, the Aral Sea, and the Caspian Sea. Researchers from various physical and social science disciplines identify water-related problems and the prospects for resolving them in each region.

ISBN 92-808-0925-3
US$24.95; 204pp; paper

Conducting Environmental Impact Assessment for Developing Countries
Prasad Modak and Asit K. Biswas
UNU Series on The Changing Nature of Democracy

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a policy and management tool for planning and decision-making. Conceived in the 1970s after the United Nations Conference on the Environment in Stockholm, EIA assists policy makers and the general public in identifying, predicting, and evaluating the environmental impacts and consequences of proposed development projects, plans, and policies. The outcome of an EIA study helps to decide whether a given project should be implemented and what form it should take.

ISBN 92-808-0965-2
US$34.95; 376pp; paper

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Water for Urban Areas: Challenges Perspectives

Edited by Juha I. Uitto and Asit K. Biswas

For the first time in history half of the world's population is living in cities. By the year 2025, it is estimated that more than two-thirds will be urban dwellers. While the fastest growth of cities is taking place in the developing world, urbanization is a global phenomenon, closely related to environmental issues. The rapid growth of urban centres will place tremendous stress on the environment and pose formidable problems of social and institutional change, infrastructure development, and pollution control.

Water will be one of the key resources for sustainable urban development. It is needed for virtually every human endeavour – for household use, agriculture, industry, leisure – and water also has an important ecosystem function. Provision of sufficient water and preventing pollution, however, are formidable tasks. It is estimated that about 380 million urban residents worldwide lack adequate sanitation and at least 170 million still do not have access to a nearby source of safe drinking water. Making clean water available in the next forty or so years will require extending service to 3.7 billion more urban residents.

In Water for Urban Areas leading experts from four continents offer unique insights into varied issues of urban water management. In case studies from the South as well as the North, the authors seek solutions and identify strategies for sustainable management of water resources for burgeoning mega-cities. They consider both technical issues, such as wastewater reuse, and management issues, including financial mechanisms for improved water sector management.

Water for Urban Areas will be of interest to scholars, practitioners, and students concerned with water and environmental management in cities and sustainable development as a whole.

Juha I. Uitto is with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Secretariat in Washington, DC. Asit K. Biswas is President of the Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico City.

United Nations University Press

UNUP 1024
ISBN 92-808-1024-3