By Thayer Ted Scudder* "The writer is the undisputed global chief during this topic. The therapy is authoritative and magisterial" --Robert Goodland* The definitive paintings on huge dams--the world’s unmarried so much arguable, divisive and costly improvement issue--essential studying * unrivaled insurance of all points of huge dams and improvement together with economics, politics, environmental chance, strength, agriculture, and human displacement and resettlementViewed through a few as symbols of development and an important evil and through others as inherently incorrect and damaging of ecosystems and societies, huge dams stay the main contentious improvement factor in the world. development at the paintings of the now defunct global fee on Dams, Thayer Scudder, the world’s major authority on huge dams, weighs in at the debate with unheard of authority.Armed with an unlimited array of case experiences and statistical information from Asia, together with China and India, North the US, Africa, and Latin the USA, Scudder charts the "middle manner" ahead through studying all features of the prices, merits, and dangers to ecosystems, societies and economies of enormous dam improvement tasks. applying the realm fee on Dams’ Seven Strategic Priorities, Scudder analyzes the constitution of the decision-making approach for water source and effort improvement and the making plans, implementation, and governance of resources whilst a wide dam is chosen because the top improvement alternative. He additionally assesses cutting-edge approaches for addressing environmental, institutional, political, and social matters and tackles the hugely contentious factor of dam-induced resettlement, illuminated via a statistical research of fifty circumstances.