July 23, 2017

Irrigation

Learning to live with nature: the lessons of traditional irrigation

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Modern irrigation schemes in tropical areas are, almost without exception, social, ecological and economic disasters. They necessarily lead to the flooding of vast areas of forest and agricultural land, the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people and the spreading of waterborne diseases like malaria and schistosomiasis. In addition, they are badly run, poorly maintained […]

Salting the earth: the problem of salinisation

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Published as Chapter 11 of The Social and Environmental Effects of Large Dams: Volume 1. Overview. Wadebridge Ecological Centre, Worthyvale Manor Camelford, Cornwall PL32 9TT, UK, 1984. By Edward Goldsmith and Nicholas Hildyard. « previous chapter · contents · next chapter » The causes of salinisation All soils contain salt. That salt is the result of what […]

Traditional irrigation in Mesopotamia

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Published as Chapter 25 of The Social and Environmental Effects of Large Dams: Volume 1. Overview. Wadebridge Ecological Centre, Worthyvale Manor Camelford, Cornwall PL32 9TT, UK, 1984. By Edward Goldsmith and Nicholas Hildyard. « previous chapter · contents · next chapter » Minimising the effects of salinisation Irrigation has been practised along the banks of the Euphrates […]

Loss of land and food to plantations

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Published as Chapter 13 of The Social and Environmental Effects of Large Dams: Volume 1. Overview. Wadebridge Ecological Centre, Worthyvale Manor Camelford, Cornwall PL32 9TT, UK, 1984. By Edward Goldsmith and Nicholas Hildyard. « previous chapter · contents · next chapter » The cash crop economy As we have seen, the main justification for building large-scale irrigation […]

The lessons of traditional irrigation agriculture: learning to live with nature

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Published as Chapter 26 of The Social and Environmental Effects of Large Dams: Volume 1. Overview. Wadebridge Ecological Centre, Worthyvale Manor Camelford, Cornwall PL32 9TT, UK, 1984. By Edward Goldsmith and Nicholas Hildyard. « previous chapter · contents · next chapter » Introduction At a recent meeting on water development schemes, Raymond Nace, a hydrologist, issued a […]

The qanats of Iran

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Published as Chapter 21 of The Social and Environmental Effects of Large Dams: Volume 1. Overview. Wadebridge Ecological Centre, Worthyvale Manor Camelford, Cornwall PL32 9TT, UK, 1984. By Edward Goldsmith and Nicholas Hildyard. « previous chapter · contents · next chapter » Perhaps one of the most sophisticated systems of traditional irrigation known to us is that […]

The traditional irrigation system of the Sonjo of Tanzania

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Published as Chapter 22 of The Social and Environmental Effects of Large Dams: Volume 1. Overview. Wadebridge Ecological Centre, Worthyvale Manor Camelford, Cornwall PL32 9TT, UK, 1984. By Edward Goldsmith and Nicholas Hildyard. « previous chapter · contents · next chapter » The Sonjo, a North Tanzanian tribe with a population of some 4,500, have practised irrigation […]

The traditional irrigation system of the Chagga of Kilimanjaro

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Published as Chapter 23 of The Social and Environmental Effects of Large Dams: Volume 1. Overview. Wadebridge Ecological Centre, Worthyvale Manor Camelford, Cornwall PL32 9TT, UK, 1984. By Edward Goldsmith and Nicholas Hildyard. « previous chapter · contents · next chapter » The traditional irrigation system of the Chagga of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is described by Fidelis […]

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