Water Potential for Conflicts and Confusion of Global Hydropolitics

Abstract:

This paper addresses a gap in the literature relating to the effects and implications of water scarcity and the potential for water wars. The theme has evident military consequences. Experts provide rather pessimistic forecasts about the situation with freshwater on the planet. The early warning models seem to be quite useful as well as early warning conflict indicators. The author deals with the problem from the level of the Czech Republic.

Prof. Dr. Josef Říha, born in 1934. He is a graduate from the Czech Technical University in Prague. After initial practice as a civil engineer he was working at the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the same university. He is instrumental in establishing and developing the theory of operational research in the field of EIA / SEA, where he developed the original methodology for multi-criteria decision analysis, named TUKP (total indicator of environmental quality). He is a member of the National Committee of the International Association for Impact Assessment. He acted as a member of a government commission for environmental impact of the nuclear power station Temelín. Currently he is a emeritus professor, independent consultant and expert in the field of EIA / SEA nationwide. He is a researcher in range of research projects and author of about 200 relevant publications.

Country: Czech Republic

08/05/2014

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