Development of institutional frameworks for the management of transboundary water resources

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This paper presents a comparative analysis of institutions (treaties, agreements) for the management of transboundary water resources. The nine river basins investigated are divided according to their level of cooperation and commitment to three categories: the highly committed (Colorado, Niger, Rio Grande and Senegal): the least cooperative (Ganges-Brahmaputra and Indus); and the middle level of cooperation (Danube, Elbe and Mekong). Very few of the investigated rivers corresponded to the ideal model of institutions for the management of transborder water resources, namely a basin-wide multipurpose institution and almost all showed that competition among various users and water uses was growing rapidly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-328
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Global Environmental Issues
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2001


  • Colorado River
  • Danube River
  • Elbe River
  • Ganges River
  • Indus River
  • Mekong river
  • Niger River
  • Rio Grande River
  • Senegal River
  • international cooperation
  • transboundary resources
  • water institutions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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