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Freshwater and the Post-UNCED Agenda

Howlett, D. (1993) Freshwater and the Post-UNCED Agenda Environmental Politics, 2, (4), pp. 210-224. (doi:10.1080/09644019308414110).

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Freshwater is a finite and vulnerable resource. The fragility of the world's water resources is likely to become more acute unless future strategies recognise the crucial links between water, the environment, development and international security. Environmental change could have resounding effects on water, leading to extreme scenarios of drought or flooding. Developmental practices that treat water as a plentiful and robust resource are likely to result in severe depletion of its quality and thereby diminish its capacity for human consumption and other uses. Water is already scarce in certain regions of the world. Uncertainty about future supplies may exacerbate political tensions within states and lead to conflict between them, especially over international watercourses.

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Published date: 1993


Local EPrints ID: 34049
ISSN: 0964-4016
PURE UUID: b71f9812-e9a7-4615-b232-d97dd405f951

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Date deposited: 18 Dec 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:51

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