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date: 15 April 2024

Basin Development Paths: Lessons From the Colorado and Nile River Basinslocked

Basin Development Paths: Lessons From the Colorado and Nile River Basinslocked

  • Kevin WheelerKevin WheelerUniversity of Oxford, Environmental Change Institute

Summary

Complex societies have developed near rivers since antiquity. As populations have expanded, the need to exploit rivers has grown to supply water for agriculture, build cities, and produce electricity. Three key aspects help to characterize development pathways that societies have taken to expand their footprint in river basins including: (a) the evolution of the information systems used to collect knowledge about a river and make informed decisions regarding how it should be managed, (b) the major infrastructure constructed to manipulate the flows of water, and (c) the institutions that have emerged to decide how water is managed and governed. By reflecting on development pathways in well-documented transboundary river basins, one can extract lessons learned to help guide the future of those basins and the future of other developing basins around the world.

Subjects

  • Case Studies
  • Environmental History
  • Management and Planning

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