Health impacts of large dams

Health impacts of large dams Large dams have been criticized because of their negative environmental and social impacts. Public health interest largely has focused on vector-borne diseases, such as schistosomiasis, associated with reservoirs and irrigation projects. Large dams also influence health through changes in water and food security, increases in communicable diseases, and the social disruption caused by construction and involuntary resettlement. Communities living in close proximity to large dams often do not benefit from water transfer and electricity generation revenues. A comprehensive health component is required in environmental and social impact assessments for large dam projects. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Environmental Impact Assessment Review Elsevier

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Publisher
Elsevier
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Copyright © 1999 Elsevier Science Inc.
ISSN
0195-9255
D.O.I.
10.1016/S0195-9255(98)00041-9
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Abstract

Large dams have been criticized because of their negative environmental and social impacts. Public health interest largely has focused on vector-borne diseases, such as schistosomiasis, associated with reservoirs and irrigation projects. Large dams also influence health through changes in water and food security, increases in communicable diseases, and the social disruption caused by construction and involuntary resettlement. Communities living in close proximity to large dams often do not benefit from water transfer and electricity generation revenues. A comprehensive health component is required in environmental and social impact assessments for large dam projects.

Journal

Environmental Impact Assessment ReviewElsevier

Published: Mar 1, 1999

References

  • Global disparities in health and human rights
    Benatar, S.
  • Economic dependency, health services, and health
    Gish, O.
  • Social impacts
    Scudder, T.

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