The book GestiÃ³n del Agua y DescentralizaciÃ³n PolÃtica (Water Management in Federal Systems) was launched recently at the World Water Forum in Istanbul.
The book was a collaborative effort by the Gimenez Abad Foundation, the Cortes of Aragon, Expo 2008, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Forum of Federations.
The book is relevant to practitioners of federalism because federal countries face special challenges in coping with water shortages, climate change and resultant drought or flooding.
The primary challenge is that in many federations, different orders of government are responsible for various aspects of a country’s overall stewardship of this vital resource.
The 600-page book contains eleven case-studies on water management in federal countries. The cases were presented at a conference on Water Management in Federal and Federal-Type Systems, which took place in Zaragoza, Spain on Jul. 7 9, 2008. The event, which was co-organized by the Forum, was held on the margins of Expo 2008.
Dr. Antonio Embid, the editor of the publication, launched the book in Istanbul on March 17, 2009. The book is published by Aranzadi Thomson Reuters and is to be distributed in book stores in Spain.