Integrated and Participatory Water Resources Management - Practice


  • Rodolfo Soncini-Sessa, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Francesca Cellina, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Francesca Pianosi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Enrico Weber, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

A participatory and integrated procedure for the planning of water resources is presented and illustrated through its application to a real-world case study: the planning of a trans-boundary, multi-purpose, regulated lake. Methods and concepts from Hydrology, System Analysis, Optimal Control, Decision and Negotiation Theory are presented and framed in a comprehensive and coherent procedure for the efficient development of the decision-making process. Relevant theoretical and mathematical aspects are briefly presented for the non-expert reader, as well as all those practical details that are often omitted in texts, but that constitute the very essence of a project and make the difference between a successful project and a failure. The book provides practicing professionals, decision-makers and scientists with a complete, immediate example of application of the Integrated Water Resource Management paradigm.
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Undergraduate, graduate and PhD students, junior and senior researchers on all the university courses related to Water Engineering, Water Resource Management, Water Resource Planning, as well as practicing professionals (engineering consultants and water agencies)


Book information

  • Published: July 2007
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-53012-7

Table of Contents

1. Making Decisions: a Difficult Problem. A. Setting the Verbano Project. 2. Reconnaissance: Territory, Stakeholders and Regulation. 3. The Options for Interventions. 4. Criteria and Indicators. 5. Defining Actions and Formulating the Design Problem. 6. Identifying the Model. 7. The Control Problem. 8. Estimating the Effects. 9. Evaluation. 10. Comparison. B. Identifying the Reasonable Alternatives. 11. Designing Alternatives and Evaluation. 12. Comparison: the First Negotiation Step. 13. Comparison: the Second Negotiations Step. 14. Mitigation Measures. C. The Final Decision. 15. Summary of the Project. 16. The Final Decision. 17. Implementation. Bibliography. Index.