I read Professor Bart Schultz's letter (NCE 12 July) on the International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage position with pleasure, but also with some surprise. Rod Bridle was not alone in his reading of the original article. A number of members of the UK Water Network and I drew the same conclusions.
Dams & Development reports on the construction and operation of dams and irrigation systems over the last 50 years or more. The conclusions in terms of human, environmental and economic costs and benefits are mixed, with more instances of sub standard project performance than should be expected.
It seems the profession is for once united in its wish to improve matters. It is a pity that this unity is not clear from the article and subsequent letters.
Dom Verschoyle (F), 4 Conduit House, Hyde Vale, London SE10 8HW