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Author Hoag, Colin, 1980- author.

Title The fluvial imagination : on Lesotho's water-export economy / Colin Hoag
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2022]


Description 1 online resource (224 pages) : color illustrations, color maps
Series Critical environments: nature, science, and politics ; 12
Critical environments (Oakland, Calif.) ; 12.
Contents Water production -- The soil problem -- The soil solution -- Bureaucratic ecology -- Livestock production -- Negative ecology
Summary "Landlocked and surrounded by South Africa on all sides, the mountain kingdom of Lesotho became the world's first "water-exporting country" when it signed a 1986 treaty with its powerful neighbor. An elaborate network of dams and tunnels now carries water to Johannesburg, the subcontinent's water-stressed economic epicenter. Hopes that receipts from water sales could improve Lesotho's fortunes, however, have clashed with fears that soil erosion from overgrazing livestock could fill its reservoirs with sediment. In this wide-ranging and deeply researched book, Colin Hoag shows how producing water commodities incites a fluvial imagination. Engineering water security for urban South Africa draws attention ever further into Lesotho's rural upstream catchments: from reservoirs to the soils and vegetation above them, and even to the social lives of herders at remote livestock posts. As we enter our planet's water-export era, Lesotho exposes the possibilities and perils ahead"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-209) and index
Notes In English
Description based on print version record and CIP data provided by publisher
Subject Lesotho Highlands Water Project.
Lesotho Highlands Water Project.
Water transfer -- Lesotho
Water resources development -- Environmental aspects -- Lesotho
Water-supply -- Lesotho
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General.
Water resources development -- Environmental aspects.
Water transfer.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2022010686
ISBN 9780520386358