Water Management: Learning from the Bushmen of the Kalahari

As indicated on the syllabus, on 7 October, our guest will be James Workman, whose book Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushmen Can Help Us Endure the Coming Age of Permanent Drought was published only last month. Jamie is an expert on water. Water scarcity and management is an important global issue that impinges on many other challenges – education, public health, climate change, natural disasters, food and energy security. As they say, “water is life.” In the water community, the question of whether the access to water should be formally declared a basic human right is a matter of intense debate.

With Jamie’s help, we will discuss some of these issues and try to get a better understanding of why water should be an urgent priority for the international community. You can read some of Jamie’s book online through his website. I will leave a copy on reserve at the PPA Department general office next week. You can also check out the links on Jamie’s website. I will also upload to the WebCT course content area a World Water Council (WWC) document “Water at a Crossroads” (also downloadable from the WWC website) that reports on the proceedings of the 5th World Water Forum that took place in Istanbul, Turkey, earlier this year. It includes some useful articles that cover the many aspects of the water issue.

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