TY - CHAP A1 - Dejan Komatina ED1 - Uli Uhlig Y1 - 2011-12-02 PY - 2011 T1 - Integrated Water Resources Management as a Basis for Sustainable Development – The Case of the Sava River Basin N2 - There is an estimated 1.4 billion km3 of water in the world but only approximately three percent (39 million km3) of it is available as fresh water. Moreover, most of this fresh water is found as ice in the arctic regions, deep groundwater or atmospheric water. Since water is the source of life and essential for all life on the planet, the use of this resource is a highly important issue. "Water management" is the general term used to describe all the activities that manage the optimum use of the world's water resources. However, only a few percent of the fresh water available can be subjected to water management. It is still an enormous amount, but what's unique about water is that unlike other resources, it is irreplaceable. This book provides a general overview of various topics within water management from all over the world. The topics range from politics, current models for water resource management of rivers and reservoirs to issues related to agriculture. Water quality problems, the development of water demand and water pricing are also addressed. The collection of contributions from outstanding scientists and experts provides detailed information about different topics and gives a general overview of the current issues in water management. The book covers a wide range of current issues, reflecting on current problems and demonstrating the complexity of water management. BT - Current Issues of Water Management SP - Ch. 2 UR - https://doi.org/10.5772/29528 DO - 10.5772/29528 SN - PB - IntechOpen CY - Rijeka Y2 - 2021-07-28 ER -