Jeroen Warner, "Flood Planning: The Politics of Water Security"
English | ISBN: 1845118170 | 2011 | 368 pages | PDF | 4 MB
Floods are amongst the most common and devasting natural disasters. In the wake of such an event, the pressure to initiate flood protection schemes that will provide security is enormous, and politicians promise quick solutions in the national interest. Jeroen Warner examines a number of such projects from around the world - the Middle East, South Asia and Western Europe - aimed at the prevention of serious flooding. Each provoked a level of controversy unforeseen by its initiators, with the result that schemes were shelved, were not completed, or simply failed. The author shows how such projects inevitably become politicised as different stakeholders seek to promote their interests. This book is the first detailed account of the politics and decision-making surrounding flood planning and of the lessons to be learned.