Managing and Transforming Water Conflicts

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 4, 2010 - Science
What is the one thing that no one can do without? Water. Where water crosses boundaries – be they economic, legal, political or cultural – the stage is set for disputes between different users trying to safeguard access to a vital resource, while protecting the natural environment. Without strategies to anticipate, address, and mediate between competing users, intractable water conflicts are likely to become more frequent, more intense, and more disruptive around the world. In this book, Delli Priscoli and Wolf investigate the dynamics of water conflict and conflict resolution, from the local to the international. They explore the inexorable links between three facets of conflict management and transformation: Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), public participation, and institutional capacity. This practical guide will be invaluable to water management professionals, as well as to researchers and students in engineering, economics, geography, geology, and political science who are involved in any aspects of water management.
 

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Contents

1 Background trends and concepts
1
Reframing the debate on transboundary water disputes hydropolitics and preventive hydrodiplomacy
9
Theory and practice
33
Law treaties and shared benefits
50
5 Public participation institutional capacity and river basin organizations for managing conflict
82
Patterns and issues
97
Where to from here?
116
Appendices
123
Bibliography
319
Author Index
335
Subject Index
341
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