The Singapore Water Story: Sustainable Development in an Urban City State

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Singapore ́s journey during the past 45 years is an outstanding example that, in spite of multiple hardships, pragmatic policies, clear visions, long-term planning, forward-looking strategies and political will, as well as a relentless urge to improve, can result in strong foundations for sustainable development.

This book describes the journey of Singapore ́s development and the fundamental role that water has had in shaping it. What makes this case so unique is that the quest for self-sufficiency in terms of water availability in a fast-changing urban context has been crucial to the way development policies and agendas have been planned throughout the years. The authors analyse plans, policies, institutions, laws and regulations, water demand and water supply strategies, water quality and water conservation considerations, partnerships and importance of the media. They assess overall how all these issues have evolved in response to the dynamic needs of the city-state.

The study of Singapore shows how a dynamic society can address development without losing its focus on the environment. In the city-state, environmental concerns in general, and water concerns in particular, have played a major role in its transformation from a third word to a first world country. How and why this transformation took place is the main focus of this authoritative book.

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About the author

Cecilia Tortajada is President, Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico.

Yugal Joshi works with Northern Railways, Delhi, India, and formally as a Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

Asit Biswas is Distinguished Visiting Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and founder of the Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico.

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Publisher
Routledge
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Published on
Mar 5, 2013
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9781135125899
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Language
English
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Genres
Technology & Engineering / Environmental / Water Supply
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The present volume analyses case studies of good water governance from different parts of the world, and for different water use sectors. It concludes with an analysis of the critical issues that should be considered for water governance and a priority research agenda for improving water governance in the future.

This book was published as a special issue of the International Journal of Water Resources Development.

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