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Balancing Water for Humans and Nature
Malin Falkenmark Johan Rockstrom
Price: $ 37.5

This book exposes how water flow links nature and society through water's many parallel functions as the 'blood stream' of both the biosphere and the imbedded anthroposphere, and the resulting conflicts that arise. The authors argue that a sustainable future depends fundamentally on our ability to manage these trade-offs. They advocate an ecological approach to land/water/environmental problems and argue for viewing precipitation as the gross water resource. Distinguishing between terrestrial aquatic ecosystems they show how an ecological approach can be expressed in water-related trade-offs, incorporating criteria for long-term resilience. Based on per capita needs for an acceptable nutritional diet, the authors analyse the amounts of water needed for global food production by 2050 and identify potential sources. Drawing on small-scale experiences in Africa and Asia, they also cover the vulnerability of the semi-arid tropics, disentangling it into green and blue water scarcity components.

Malin Falkenmark is Professor in Applied and International Hydrology and Senior Scientist at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Sweden. She is co-author of the influential Water for a Thirsty World (1978) and Comparative Hydrology (1989).

Johan Rockström is Associate Professor in Natural Resources Management and Water Resources Expert at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, The Netherlands.

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