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Juha I. Uitto and Asit K. Biswas

The United Nations University is an organ of the United Nations established by the General Assembly in 1972 to be an international community of scholars engaged in research, advanced training, and the dissemination of knowledge related to the pressing global problems of human survival, development, and welfare. Its activities focus mainly on the areas of peace and governance, environment and sustainable development, and science and technology in relation to human welfare. The University operates through a worldwide network of research and postgraduate training centres, with its planning and coordinating headquarters in Tokyo.

The United Nations University Press, the publishing division of the UNU, publishes scholarly and policy-oriented books and periodicals in areas related to the University's research.

Water for urban areas: Challenges and perspectives

Water Resources Management and Policy Series Editors

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

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

International Advisory Board

Dr. Mahmoud A. Abu-Zeid
Minister of Public Works and Water Resources, Giza, Egypt

Dr. Benedito P. F. Braga
Professor of Civil Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA

Dr. Ralph Daley
Director, UNU/INWEH, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Dr. David Seckler
Director-General, International Water Management Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Dr. Ismail Serageldin
Vice President, Special Programs, The World Bank, Washington, DC, USA

Dr. Aly M. Shady
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Hull, Quebec, Canada

Prof. Yutaka Takahasi
Professor Emeritus, Tokyo University, Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Jose Galicia Tundisi
International Institute of Ecology, Sao Carlos SP, Brazil

The UNU Programme on Integrated Basin Management focuses on water management, approaching the complex problematique from three particular angles: governance, capacity-building, and management tools. The programme is carried out through field-based research encompassing both natural and social sciences. It utilizes extensive networks of scholars and institutions in both developing and industrialized countries. This work is intended to contribute to policy-making by the United Nations and the international community, as well as to capacity-building in developing countries.

The Water Resources Management and Policy series disseminates the results of research carried out under the Programme on Integrated Basin Management and related activities. The series focuses on policy-relevant topics of wide interest to scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers.

Earlier books in this series are:

Hydropolities Along the Jordan River: Scarce Water and Its Impact on the Arab-Israeli Conflict by Aaron T. Wolf

Managing Water for Peace in the Middle East: Alternative Strategies by Masahiro Murakami

Freshwater Resources in Arid Lands edited by Juha I. Uitto

Central Eurasian Water Crisis: Caspian, Aral and Dead Seas edited by Iwao Kobori and Michael H. Glantz

Publication of this book was made possible by the support of Obayashi Corporation.

Water for urban areas: Challenges and perspectives

Edited by Juha I. Uitto and Asit K. Biswas

United Nations University Press

© The United Nations University, 2000

The views expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations University.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Water for urban areas: challenges and perspectives/edited by Juha

I. Uitto and Asit K. Biswas.

p. cm.

Papers presented at the sixth UNU Global Environmental Forum, held at the headquarters of the United Nations University on 25 June 1997. Includes bibliographical references and index.


1. Municipal water supply-Congresses. 2. Urbanization-Congresses. 3. Twenty-first century-Congresses. 4. Water-supply-Management-Case studies-Congresses. I. Uitto, Juha I. II. Biswas, Asit K. III. UNU
Global Environmental Forum (6th: 1997: United Nations University)
TD345.W2625 2000