The author wishes to acknowledge the many contributors over the years to the set of ideas presented here; as a work of synthesis it necessarily contains much imported material—too much to acknowledge by individual citation. As an avid bibliophile the author is indebted to those who have produced the books which are stacked in piles all round every room he works in! There is a particular debt to those who, in their river writings, dared to break fresh ground—all the way from Richard Chorley’s Water, Earth and Man in 1969 to Stan Schumm’s The Fluvial System in 1977 to John Gardiner’s River Projects and Conservation: A Manual for Holistic Appraisal in 1991.
The author also acknowledges a life-long debate with engineers; levels of mutual appreciation have grown as the contribution of geographers has become clearer and less self-effacing, but the engineers known to me have also been faced with environmental and social problems with which they have found it hard to cope—I believe they have responded with great flair.
Acknowledgement is due, by name, to Lynne Martindale for producing the typescript and Ann Rooke for the artwork, both to punishing schedules—one marvels at the accuracy. The gatekeeper for those ‘gremlins’ that got through was Ros Ramage, who also worked at great speed and with stunning accuracy.
Finally I acknowledge the tolerance of all those whom I have failed for about two years, while wandering around with what Laurens van der Post once described as ‘the river look’ on my face!
In addition to the inspirational and practical inputs acknowledged in the first edition of Land, Water and Development the author would like to thank all those who have reviewed (or actually used!) the book and therefore helped with praise or criticism. If nothing else ‘LWD1’ has become a useful reference for those wishing to summarise (more concisely) the whole ‘bag’ of ideas it contains. I am once again extremely grateful for Ann Rooke’s hard work on the illustrations in the second edition.