The Bisses of Valais

Author: Guy Bratt
ISBN: STANFORD:36105023193654
Release Date: 1995
Genre: Irrigation canals and flumes

Wallis - Wasser - Bewässerungsgeschichte.

The Archaeology of Drylands

Author: Graeme Barker
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134582655
Release Date: 2003-09-02
Genre: Social Science

Many dryland regions contain archaeological remains which suggest that there must have been intensive phases of settlement in what now seem to be dry and degraded environments. This book discusses successes and failures of past land use and settlement in drylands, and contributes to wider debates about desertification and the sustainability of dryland settlement.

Land Water and Development

Author: Malcolm Newson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134111909
Release Date: 2008-09-17
Genre: Science

Water is newsworthy: there is, or will be, a world water crisis. Aggravated by climate change, we are approaching the limits of human exploitation of freshwater resources, notably in growing essential food. The complexities and uncertainties associated with improving our management of fresh water take the potential remedies out of the hands of simple, local, hard engineering and into much larger units – the basin, the ecosystem and the global context, and also require longer term perspectives. The Third Edition follows the same structure as its predecessors, presenting the historical and scientific backgrounds to land-water interactions and establishing the links with development processes and policies. Throughout, its two major messages are that our new philosophy should be one of ‘humans in the ecosystem’ and that the guidance from science, being uncertain and contested, must be operationalized in a participatory system of governance based on participation. Following a review of progress towards these elements in the developed world, the international case studies update the situation in the developing world following the Millennium Development Goals, our new emphasis on poverty and on global food supplies. This book covers the multitude of scientific research findings, development of ‘tools’ and spatial/temporal scale challenges which have emerged in the last decade. Tensions are highlighted in the current and future role of large dams, country studies are retained (and considerably updated) and development contexts are explored in greater depth as a dividing line in capacity to cope with land and water stress. "Technical issues" have been expanded to cover major droughts, environmental flows and the restoration of rivers and wetlands. A separate chapter picks up these themes under terms of their relationship with uncertainty and the widespread perception that a new ethos of adaptive management is needed in the water sector. For students of geography, environmental science, hydrology, and development studies this innovative edition provides a reasoned, academic basis of evidence for sustainable, adaptive management of rivers and related large-scale ecosystems using more than 600 new sources. It will also prove invaluable for lecturers and practitioners.

Enduring Acequias

Author: Juan Estevan Arellano
Publisher: UNM Press
ISBN: 9780826355089
Release Date: 2014-10-01
Genre: Social Science

For generations the Río Embudo watershed in northern New Mexico has been the home of Juan Estevan Arellano and his ancestors. From this unique perspective Arellano explores the ways people use water in dry places around the world. Touching on the Middle East, Europe, Mexico, and South America before circling back to New Mexico, Arellano makes a case for preserving the acequia irrigation system and calls for a future that respects the ecological limitations of the land.

G ttliche Botschaften f r zweifelnde Menschen

Author: Christian Oesterheld
Publisher: Ruprecht Gmbh & Company
ISBN: STANFORD:36105130587467
Release Date: 2008
Genre: History

Wie sah die soziale Wirklichkeit der Befragung von Orakeln im hellenistischen und kaiserzeitlichen Griechenland aus? Wichtige Hinweise geben als Steininschriften erhaltene Antworten des Apollon auf Fragen, die Gesandtschaften kleinasiatischer Städte in den Heiligtümern von Klaros und Didyma in Ionien gestellt haben. Anlass sind etwa akute Krisensituationen wie Epidemien und Naturkatastrophen oder Fragen aus dem Grenzbereich von Religion und Politik, wie Regeln zur Besetzung von Priesterämtern. So wird der Umgang mit dem religiösen Angebot der Divination deutlich: in welchen Situationen man den Rat der Götter sucht, welchen Regeln die Kommunikation zwischen ihnen und den Menschen folgt, welche Muster zur Deutung der Wirklichkeit die Götter anbieten, welche Arbeit der Interpretation die Empfänger leisten, schließlich, wie sie mit der erhaltenen Botschaft umgehen und auftretenden Schwierigkeiten zu begegnen versuchen. Die göttlichen Worte weisen ihnen den Weg.

Histoires D eau

Author: Denis Reynard
ISBN: 2940110433
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Irrigation canals and flumes

Fleuves et marais une histoire au croisement de la nature et de la culture

Author: Philippe Leveau
Publisher: Comité des travaux historiques et scientifiques - CTHS
ISBN: 2735505618
Release Date: 2004
Genre: France

L'histoire de l'environnement des sociétés européennes a été marquée par deux ruptures. L'une se place au néolithique, l'autre à l'époque gréco-romaine quand s'amorce le processus qui, marqué par deux accélérations, l'une au XVIIe siècle avec la " révolution moderne ", l'autre, au milieu du XIXe siècle avec la " révolution industrielle ", débouche sur le divorce actuel entre nature et société. A la suite d'un premier colloque du " Programme Environnement, Vie et Sociétés " du CNRS où des naturalistes ont fait " le point sur nos connaissances concernant l'histoire des variations paléohydrologiques en France depuis 15 000 ans ", un second colloque a réuni des archéologues, des géographes, des historiens et des chercheurs en sciences sociales afin de poursuivre le bilan amorcé en s'intéressant cette fois aux pratiques des sociétés préindustrielles dans la gestion des milieux fluviaux, lacustres et palustres. Tout en contribuant à la structuration d'une communauté de recherche sur l'histoire des relations des sociétés avec leurs environnements, un tel inventaire donne du recul à ceux qui souhaitent modéliser les relations entre les hommes et les milieux pour un " développement durable ". Coordonné par Joëlle Burnouf, professeur d'Archéologie médiévale à l'université de Paris I-Sorbonne, et par Philippe Leveau, professeur émérite d'Archéologie (Antiquités nationales) à l'université de Provence (Aix-Marseille I), ce volume en constitue les Actes. Il réunit des contributions portant sur les modes d'exploitation et de gestion des milieux humides, la biodiversité, les conflits d'usage et le risque fluvial durant les périodes antique, médiévale et moderne.