Globalization of Water

Authors: Arjen Hoekstra (University of Twente) and Ashok Chapagain (WWF-UK).
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing.

“Globalization of Water” is a first-of-its-kind review of the critical relationship between globalization and sustainable water management. It explores the impact of international trade on local water depletion and pollution and identifies “water dependent” nations.

The authors use the water footprint as a consumer-based indicator of each nation’s water use. With increasing trade between nations and continents, water is more frequently used to produce exported goods. The authors address questions such as: Can trade enhance global water use efficiency, or does it simply shift the environmental burden to a distant location?

The book highlights the hidden link between national consumption and the use of water resources across the globe. It provides a state-of-the-art review, provides a rich data source, and sketches the contours of a new field of knowledge.

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