Conclusion : What We Found and What We Recommend
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CitationKibaroglu, A., Schmandt, J., & Ward, G. H. (August 2021). Conclusion : What We Found and What We Recommend in Schmandt, J. Kibaroglu, A., & Thomas, S. (eds.) Sustainability of Engineered Rivers In Arid Lands Challenge and Response, Cambridge University Press. p. 273-293.
This interdisciplinary volume examines how nine arid or semi-arid river basins with thriving irrigated agriculture are doing now and how they may change between now and mid-century. The rivers studied are the Colorado, Euphrates-Tigris, Jucar, Limarí, Murray-Darling, Nile, Rio Grande, São Francisco, and Yellow. Engineered dams and distribution networks brought large benefits to farmers and cities, but now the water systems face multiple challenges, above all climate change, reservoir siltation, and decreased water flows. Unchecked, they will see reduced food production and endanger the economic livelihood of basin populations.