Water Scarcity Variations within a Country: A Case Study of Sri Lanka

Amarasinghe, U.A. and Mutuwatta, L. and Sakthivadivel, R. (1999) Water Scarcity Variations within a Country: A Case Study of Sri Lanka. International Water Management Institute (38).

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Several studies on present and future water scarcities rank Sri Lanka as a country with either little or no water-scarcity or moderate waterscarcity conditions (Falkenmark, Lundqvist, and Widstrand 1989; Engleman and Leroy 1993; Raskin et al. 1997; Seckler et al. 1998; Seckler, Barker, and Amarasinghe 1999). These studies used the aggregated information presented in the form of statistics at national level. However, the aggregated statistics on water scarcity at national level are sometimes misleading for countries with large regional variations. All these earlier studies had ignored spatial and temporal variations of water availability and demand from their waterscarcity calculations. The main objective of this study is to assess the spatial and seasonal variations of water supply and demand, and also scarcities at district level in Sri Lanka.

Item Type: Article
Author Affiliation: U. A. Amarasinghe is Research Statistician,International Water Management Institute.
Subjects: Social Sciences
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr Daneti Raju
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2015 04:05
Last Modified: 02 May 2017 05:34
URI: http://eprints.icrisat.ac.in/id/eprint/13448

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