Sharing Waters: Post-Rio International Water Management

This article presents an assessment of the development of 1990s in international transboundary water management, a review of the steps taken by the international community, both substantive and symbolic, as well as of institutional developments at the regional and basin scales.

 

The paper finds that both important progress as well as continuing weaknesses in the management of internationally shared river basins has taken place.

 

The paper recommends a number of policy options for the international community to further support the integrated management of shared waters that include helping riparian states in the development of cooperative management networks that take into account adaptable management structures, clear and flexible criteria for water allocations and water quality management and equitable distribution of benefits.

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