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International Law and Freshwater

International Law and Freshwater

The Multiple Challenges

New Horizons in Environmental and Energy Law series

Edited by Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Christina Leb and Mara Tignino

International Law and Freshwater connects recent legal developments through the breadth and synergies of a multidisciplinary analysis. It addresses such critical issues as water security, the right to water, international cooperation and dispute resolution, State succession to transboundary watercourse treaties, and facets of international economic law, including trade in ‘virtual water’ and the impacts of ‘land grabs’.

Chapter 8: A scalable approach towards realizing tangible benefits in transboundary river basins and regions

Jakob Granit and Marius Claassen

Subjects: environment, environmental law, water, law - academic, environmental law, public international law, water law


Leaders in both developed and developing countries are increasingly exploring cooperative solutions that may fit their specific regional political economy as demand for goods and services in the water, energy and food nexus is growing. Considering the large number of transboundary river basins in the world, cooperative water management and development of these resources to promote sustainable growth and poverty reduction is paramount. States are moving from a past preoccupation with discussions of the volumetric allocation of limited water resources among States towards a wider focus on water security and benefit-sharing within a relevant marketplace. In this context, approaches to scale up cooperation and identify paths towards realizing and sharing or transferring tangible benefits from cooperative water resources management needs to be defined. The literature on transboundary water resources management and development, however, is not comprehensive in terms of offering systematic and scalable steps towards reaching development outcomes at the transboundary and regional level. In this chapter we propose a systematic approach that provides a sound basis for management and reflects on the governance context.

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