Handbook on Water Security
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Handbook on Water Security

Edited by Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Anik Bhaduri and Joyeeta Gupta

Water security has received increasing attention in the scientific and policy community in recent years. This Handbook covers the wide range of perspectives required to understand water security as a concept guiding water governance and management at different levels and in different regions. It reflects on past, present and future challenges to water security and strategies on how to overcome them. An invaluable resource for scientific scholars, it will also appeal policymakers and practitioners interested in a deeper understanding of this important concept.
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Chapter 7: How trade policies can help to achieve water security in a transboundary setting

Anik Bhaduri


Water security is connected not only with the concept of sustainable development but has also been defined in the context of conflict prevention based on geopolitical concerns over water availability and its implications for human security. Today there is an increased likelihood of transboundary water conflict which may put the water security of a region at greater risk. In the framework of a basic Heckscher–Ohlin trade model, the chapter examines how water security in a transboundary setting can be achieved through trade policies. The chapter explores the linkage of water allocation to trade of commodities and shows how changes in the trade policies of riparian countries can influence the water resource allocation between them and affect the welfare and income distribution of the countries under free trade and trade restrictions.

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