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p. 323. The world’s water towerslocked

  • Martin F. Price


Mountains are often described as water towers, being the origin of all of the world’s major rivers and the sources of freshwater. ‘The world’s water towers’ describes how billions of people rely on mountain water for agriculture, domestic use, energy, fisheries, industry, transport, or water sports, and explains the processes of harvesting water and generating hydropower. Hydropower provides about 20% of the global electricity supply in over 150 countries. Both appropriate technologies and new institutions will be needed at all scales to ensure that the benefits of mountain water are shared, and the risks managed, as fairly as possible among the guardians of the water towers and people living downstream.

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