The Multiple Challenges
New Horizons in Environmental and Energy Law series
Edited by Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Christina Leb and Mara Tignino
Chapter 8: A scalable approach towards realizing tangible benefits in transboundary river basins and regions
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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