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Integrated Management of Urban Water Supply and Water Quality in Developing Pacific Island Countries

White, Ian; Falkland, A.

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The general fragility and unique vulnerability of small island countries in the Pacific, has been widely acknowledged for a long time. So too has been the diversity of their geography, geology and sources of available freshwater. Sparse island communities have demonstrated remarkable resilience n the face of climatic extremes and natural hazards over the last 1,000-2,000 years. The well-developed local institutions, resilient social systems, sensitivity to environmental change, and the high...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorWhite, Ian
dc.contributor.authorFalkland, A.
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T23:26:17Z
dc.identifier.isbn9789401798006
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/67698
dc.description.abstractThe general fragility and unique vulnerability of small island countries in the Pacific, has been widely acknowledged for a long time. So too has been the diversity of their geography, geology and sources of available freshwater. Sparse island communities have demonstrated remarkable resilience n the face of climatic extremes and natural hazards over the last 1,000-2,000 years. The well-developed local institutions, resilient social systems, sensitivity to environmental change, and the high value placed on equity in Pacific islands have provided capacities for adapting to threats and change and have allowed low density subsistence populations to survive. Traditional coping mechanisms and customary right and values, however, appear mismatched to the demands, responsibilities and altered social dynamics of high-density urban centres, many of which are in an interactive phase between subsistence and urban living. In this chapter we outline the interactions between technical, climatic, social and cultural factors in urban water supply and water quality in PICs. Our experience has been that to improve urban water supplies, policy makers, donors, and practitioners need to recognise and address these complex interactions in an integrated way. Single-issue, infrastructure-focused solutions that have not engaged local communities have had a poor success rate in the region.
dc.publisherSpringer Dordrecht Heidelberg New York London
dc.relation.ispartofUnderstanding and Managing Urban Water in Transition
dc.relation.isversionof1st Edition
dc.titleIntegrated Management of Urban Water Supply and Water Quality in Developing Pacific Island Countries
dc.typeBook chapter
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
dc.date.issued2015
local.identifier.absfor160500 - POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4279067xPUB1502
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationWhite, Ian, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationFalkland, A., Island Hydrology Services
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage489
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage526
local.identifier.absseo940200 - GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
dc.date.updated2015-12-10T10:58:44Z
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationDordrecht, Germany
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