Water Resources Management Issues Confronting Developing Countries

by Yin Au-Yeung, ATC Engineering Consultants, Inc, Englewood, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Management in the '90s: A Time for Innovation


Water resources planning, development and management in most of the developing and rapidly developing countries have been driven by consumer interest. The rapid urbanization, industrialization, promotion of export, need for staple food sufficiency and economic explosion in general, have resulted in meeting the demands of consumers at the cost of limited water resources, both surface and ground water. This mismanaged development approach, if not corrected, will lead to serious consequences in regions having water shortages, water quality and environmental degradation, and conflicts in water demands; thus affecting the sustainability of the project. This paper suggests steps to be taken to promote sustainable development of water resources in these countries.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Water quality | Water shortage | Water management | Water supply | Resource management | Surface water

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