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From Catchment Management to Managing River Basins - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128148518, 9780128148525

From Catchment Management to Managing River Basins, Volume 1

1st Edition

Science, Technology Choices, Institutions and Policy

Editors: M. Dinesh Kumar Ratna Reddy V A. J. James
eBook ISBN: 9780128148525
Paperback ISBN: 9780128148518
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 8th June 2019
Page Count: 366
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
MD Kumar, AJ James and Reddy, V R
2. Catchment Management to Basin Management: International Perspectives and Overview of Global Experience
M Dinesh Kumar, Charles Bachelor and AJ James
3. Watershed Management Experiences in South Asia
V Ratna Reddy
4. From Watershed to Sub-Basins: Analyzing the Scale Effects of Watershed Development in Narmada River Basin, Central India
Jayesh Talati and MD Kumar
5. Catchment Assessment and Planning for Improving Effectiveness of Watershed Development Interventions: A Case Study from South Gujarat
AJ James, James Bachelor and Nitin Bassi
6. Basin Water Accounting to Develop Understanding of Water Tenures: A Case Study of Water Rich Warna River Basin
Maharashtra, M Dinesh Kumar, K Sivarama Kishan, AJ James and Nitin Bassi
7. Basin Water Accounting for Evolving Integrated Water Resources Management Plan: A Case Study of Water-Scarce Luni River Basin
Western Rajasthan, MD Kumar, Nitin Bassi and AJ James
8. Downscaling IWRM Plan from Basin to Districts: IWRM Plan for the District of Pali in Western Rajasthan
Nitin Bassi and MD Kumar
9. Water Accounting for Kanpur Metropolitan Area in Ganges River Basin
N. Bassi, Suresh Kumar and MD Kumar
10. Addressing the Scale Issues in Watershed Development
V Ratna Reddy and Geoff Syme
11. Operationalizing IWRM Concepts at the Basin Level: From Theory to Practice
MD Kumar, Charles Bachelor and AJ James
12. Conclusions and Areas for Future Research
MD Kumar, VR Reddy and AJ James


From Catchment Management to Managing River Basins: Science, Technology Choices, Institutions and Policy synthesizes key scientific facts crucial for catchment assessment, planning and river basin water accounting. The book presents extensive reviews of international literature on catchment hydrology, forest hydrology and other hydrological processes, such as groundwater-surface water interactions. It discusses not only the science of catchment assessment and planning, but also the catchment planning process. It documents several of the positive international experiences with integrated catchment management and integrated basin management, distilling key learnings. Case studies from India and other parts of South Asia are also included, along with new pilot studies.

Finally, the book discusses the theoretical and operational aspects of integrated catchment management and integrated water management in river basins using international best practices and case studies.

Key Features

  • Discusses the theoretical nuances of scale effects in hydrology and land-use hydrology interactions
  • Focuses on managing water in a situation in which water has become scarce
  • Provides a theoretical discussion on water accounting procedures that is followed by an application of the methodology and tools in real-life case studies in two river basins of India
  • Presents applications of the concept of integrated water resources management for developing a WRM plan for an Indian river basin


Catchment management authorizes/agencies and river basin management boards/authorities, experts working in: catchment Hydrology, basin hydrology, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Integrated Catchment Management; Catchment and river basin planning; Civil Engineering


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About the Editors

M. Dinesh Kumar

M. Dinesh Kumar received his Ph. D in Water Management in 2006. He has 24 years of professional experience in the field of water resources. He is currently the Executive Director of Institute for Resource Analysis and Policy in Hyderabad. He has nearly 150 publications to his credit, including books from internationally renowned publishers, book chapters, many articles in peer reviewed international journals, research monographs and conference papers. He has authored five books and is the lead editor of two edited volumes. He has published extensively in many international peer reviewed journals, such as Water Policy, Energy Policy, Food Security, Water International, Journal of Hydrology, Water Resources Management and Resources, Energy and Development. He is currently also Associate Editor of Water Policy, and Member of the Editorial Board of International Journal of Water Resources Development.

Affiliations and Expertise

Executive Director, Institute for Resource Analysis and Policy, Punjagutta, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Ratna Reddy V

V Ratna Reddy is an economist by training with experience in the fields of environmental economics and natural resource management, climate change, livelihoods and institutions. He is an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at South Asian Institute, Germany. Visiting fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex and the University of Leeds, UK. Served as consultant to organisations like: The World Bank; ADB; UNDP; DFID; EC; WWF, IWMI, ICRISAT, UNU, etc. He had served as a working group member in the preparation of 11th and 12th Plans for the Government of India. He has published 12 books and more than 150 research papers in international and national peer reviewed journals. He has a Ph. D in Economics (1992, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore through University of Mysore); Post. Doc- Alexander von Humboldt research Fellow, South Asian Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany. Since 2009, he is Director of Livelihoods and Natural Resource Management Institute, Hyderabad. During 1999-2008, he served as Professor at Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad. During 1998-1999, he was reader, Dept of Economics at Hyderabad Central University. Prior to that since 1992, he was Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur and Lecturer, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune during 1988-92. He has experience working in India, Somalia; Ghana and Sri Lanka

Affiliations and Expertise

Executive Director, Livelihood and Natural Resource Research Institute

A. J. James

A J James holds a PhD in Economics (University College London); has taught at St. Stephen’s College and the Delhi School of Economics; and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. He has over 20 years of research and work experience in a development issues including water and sanitation, water pollution, watershed development, irrigation & drainage, health, education, adaptation to climate change, natural resource management, agriculture, forestry and poverty alleviation. Another area of specialization is monitoring and evaluation, wherein he had helped to develop innovative methodologies for community-level assessment of qualitative information. Besides India, he has worked in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Afghanistan. His clients funding agencies (World Bank, DFID, UNDP, Unicef, FAO and ADB), research & development institutions (ENTRO, Addis Ababa), IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre (Netherlands), Overseas Development Institute (London), Institute for Arable Crop Research, UK and Natural Resources Institute, UK) consulting firms in India and abroad, non-governmental organisations and Indian government agencies. He has given several invited talks and seminars, besides editing books, contributing book chapters and publishing articles in international peer-reviewed journals. He is an Honorary Visiting Professor at the Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur, since 2011.

Affiliations and Expertise

Honorary Visiting Professor, Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur, India