Edited by Stephen C. McCaffrey, Christina Leb and Riley T. Denoon
Chapter 25: South Asian Water Treaty practice: an overview
South Asia’s geography, history, domestic governance, and geopolitical concerns have, throughout history, influenced the riparian countries’ behaviour and perception vis-à-vis their water deals, including their responses to the challenges of utilizing, managing, and protecting transboundary water resources. The competing demands, seasonal fluctuations in needs and availabilities, lack of reliable data, and most importantly, lack of political trust have often adversely affected their political relations, and treaty-making and collaboration among them, for ensuring equitable sharing of such water resources, have not only been slow but often also sub-optimal. Even when treaty obligations exist, their enforcements have been ad hoc and frequently subject to controversies.
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