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Landscapes of a National Natural Resource in Lesotho, the World’s First Water-Exporting Country
Colin Hoag, Smith College

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The Fluvial Imagination: On Lesotho's Water-Export Economy (Book)
Title: The Fluvial Imagination: On Lesotho's Water-Export Economy
Author: Colin Hoag
Abstract: 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.
Year: 2022
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Primary URL Description: University of California Press webpage
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Secondary URL Description: UC Press Luminos Open Access webpage
Access Model: Print and Open Access
Publisher: University of California Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780520386341
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes