Oregon State University’s Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database

The Oregon State University’s Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database provides an effective complement to FAOís legislative database, FAOLEX, and the joint UNEP, IUCN and FAO gateway to environmental law, ECOLEX. This Atlas and these open treaty databases yield a better understanding of existing treaties and treaty development through time, provide a basis for negotiating new agreements, and organize the underlying knowl- edge for improving environmental governance throughout the world.

The database provides a framework for quantitative, global-scale explorations of the relationship between freshwater resources and international cooperation and conflict and includes a collection of the world’s water-related treaties.

What is astonishing in the record is just how many of these treaties are based on an incomplete understanding of the hydrology in question, and just how often these misunderstandings lead to tense political standoffs.

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