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Planning for sustainable development: The water dimension

Smith, Sarah; (1994) Planning for sustainable development: The water dimension. Masters thesis (M.Phil), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Water is one of our most precious resources yet one which we all too easily take for granted. All types of man-made development requires a good supply of water but it is also essential to the healthy maintenance of the local hydrological environment whose functioning can be seriously affected by the water demands of towns and cities. With the growing emphasis on sustainable development and all that it implies for the conservation of natural resources, planners increasingly need to take account of local water resources when considering proposals for new development. The water industry must also extend its awareness of these issues in order to establish the co-operative working relationship between themselves and land use planners which is vital to achieve the right balance between development, the environment and water supply. This thesis begins with an extensive examination of the theory and principles of sustainable development and goes on to explain the roles and responsibilities of the various organizations involved in planning for a sustainable water environment. The methods of implementing sustainable development are comprehensively investigated and it is concluded that although the water cycle and issues relating to it are complex, by entering into a partnership approach, local authority planners, the National Rivers Authority and water companies can provide a holistic understanding of the issues and recognise how they can transfer their knowledge and experiences to achieving sustainability of the water environment.

Type: Thesis (Masters)
Qualification: M.Phil
Title: Planning for sustainable development: The water dimension
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
Keywords: Social sciences; Applied sciences; Development; Sustainability
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10099908
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