The Bisses of Valais

Man-made Watercourses in Switzerland

Author: Guy Bratt



Category: Irrigation canals and flumes

Page: 144

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Wallis - Wasser - Bewässerungsgeschichte.

The Archaeology of Drylands

Living at the Margin

Author: Graeme Barker

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Social Science

Page: 400

View: 713

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

Sustainable and Adaptive Management of Rivers

Author: Malcolm Newson

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Science

Page: 480

View: 677

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

Wisdom of the Land, Knowledge of the Water

Author: Juan Estevan Arellano

Publisher: UNM Press


Category: Social Science

Page: 216

View: 986

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.

Histoires D'eau

Bisses Et Irrigation en Valais Au XVe Siècle

Author: Denis Reynard



Category: Irrigation canals and flumes

Page: 252

View: 931

Göttliche Botschaften für zweifelnde Menschen

Pragmatik und Orientierungsleistung der Apollon-Orakel von Klaros und Didyma in hellenistisch-römischer Zeit

Author: Christian Oesterheld

Publisher: Ruprecht Gmbh & Company


Category: History

Page: 670

View: 611

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.