Title: Development of institutional frameworks for the management of transboundary water resources

Authors: Nurit Kliot, Deborah Shmueli, Uri Shamir

Addresses: Department of Geography, University of Haifa, Mount Carmel, Haifa, 31905, Israel. Department of Geography, University of Haifa, Mount Carmel, Haifa, 31905, Israel. Department of Civil Engineering, University of Haifa, Technion-Israel, Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

Abstract: This paper presents a comparative analysis of institutions (treaties, agreements) for the management of transboundary water resources. The nine river basins investigated are divided according to their level of cooperation and commitment to three categories the highly committed (Colorado, Niger, Rio Grande and Senegal) the least cooperative (Ganges-Brahmaputra and Indus); and the middle level of cooperation (Danube, Elbe and Mekong). Very few of the investigated rivers corresponded to the ideal model of institutions for the management of transborder water resources, namely a basin-wide multipurpose institution and almost all showed that competition among various users and water uses was growing rapidly.

Keywords: Colorado River; Danube River; Elbe River; Ganges River; Indus River; international cooperation; Mekong River; Niger River; Rio Grande River; Senegal River; transboundary resources; water institutions.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGENVI.2001.000982

International Journal of Global Environmental Issues, 2001 Vol.1 No.3/4, pp.306-328

Available online: 18 Aug 2003 *

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