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Why do many water management projects, begun with the best of intentions,
still fail? How is it that large infrastructural water works often encounter
opposition? Is it perhaps, among other things, the lack of attention for the
cultural context? These and other intriguing questions are dealt with in this
book. The authors, having 20 years of experience on water and sanitation in an
international context, have investigated the relationship between water and
culture world-wide in order to find new keys to successful and sustainable
This book is based on extensive research and is intended to form a cultural
road towards new sustainable water management practices. "Water: a way of life"
takes the reader on a water journey through time and across the world’s
continents. Along the way it explains the past and present ways in which
different cultures around the world, both traditional and modern, view and
manage water in response to the distinct environment they inhabit. As beliefs
and values are at the heart of any culture, it also highlights the views of the
main world religions on water and its use. A better understanding of cultural
water beliefs and practices may lead to new concepts for future sustainable
water management - from flood management to water supply, sanitation and
The book will be useful to water professionals exporting knowledge and
technologies to foreign countries where the challenge is to create sustainable
solutions for water management by taking into account local, cultural factors.
It is also intended to encourage world leaders, politicians and decision-makers
responsible for water management to use their power, knowledge and influence to
really make a change for the benefit of the people they represent. In this way,
water can become a source of cooperation rather than a source of conflict.
The authors trust that this book, about water and culture, intended for a
truly international audience, will be a source of inspiration.