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Conflict Prevention and Resolution in Water Systems

Series: Management of Water Resources Volume: 5

Edited By: Aaron T Wolf

Edward Elgar

Hardback | Mar 2002 | #131677 | ISBN: 1840645024
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This collection reprints the most significant papers and case studies on the prevention and resolution of conflict over water resources. It focuses in particular on the human dynamics that are involved when conflicts over water resources impact on different interest groups, economic sectors and legal or political boundaries. It addresses key issues which arise at both the local and the international level, including amongst others: how do people interact in these situations of conflict?; what methods do they use to find a compromise?; and what institutions do they create - either jointly or unilaterally - to help overcome problems in the future? This interdisciplinary collection should be useful reading for professional water practitioners throughout the world, including engineers, economists, geographers, geologists and political scientists concerned with water disputes and conflict resolution. It should make a significant contribution to the study of water as an essential theme in the increasingly important topic of environmental security.


Part 1 Who affects whom? - human-environment interactions in water resources: the hydraulic civilizations, Karl A. Wittfogel; the challenge of the environment, Arnold J. Toynbee; environmental factors in the study of international politics, Harold Sprout and Margaret Sprout; key findings, Thomas Homer-Dixon and Valerie Percival; environmental security and violent conflict - debate, Thomas Homer-Dixon et al; water and civilization - using history to reframe water policy debates and to build a new ecological realism, Jerome Delli Priscoli. Part 2 Water and fire -hydroconflicts: water wars 1 - farms versus cities and nature, Sandra Postel; international river systems, Jon Martin Trolldalen; water and conflict - fresh water resources and international security, Peter H. Gleick. Part 3 Quenched tensions -hydrocooperation: conflict and cooperation along international waterways, Aaron T. Wolf; transboundary disputes - keeping backyards clean, Bertram Spector; resolving environmental conflicts through mediation, An Painter; resolving water disputes - obstacles and opportunities, Edwin H. Clark et al. Part 4 Water across boundaries - case studies from around the world: water-sharing rights in the Jerid Oases of Tunisia, Habib Attia; sharing the waters of the Murray-Darling basin - cooperative federalism under test in Australia, John J. Pigram and Warren F. Musgrave; the Incomati and Limpopo international river basins - a view from downstream, Alvaro Carmo Vaz and Arnaldo Lopes Pereira; Indus water treaty - the negotiating process, Asit K. Biswas; the relevance of Johnston plan to the reality of 1993 and beyond, Arnon Soffer; the Arab-Israeli conflict over water resources, I. Mustafa; toward a new Nile waters agreement, Dale Whittington et al; the Danube river basin environmental programme - plans and actions for a basin wide approach, Hans-Peter Nachtnebel; international groundwater law and the World Bank policy for projects on transboundary groundwater, Raj Krishna and Salman M.A. Salman; restoring and protecting the world's lakes and reservoirs, Ariel Dinar et al. Part 5 Catching water with a sieve -institutional approaches: Mayordomo - chronicle of an Acequia in Northern New Mexico, Stanley Crawford; crafting institutions, Elinor Ostrom; successes and failures of international organizations in dealing with international waters, Mikiyasu Nakayama; enchantment and disenchantment - the role of community in natural resources conservation, Arun Agrawal and Clark C. Gibson; water and state sovereignty - the hydropolitical challenge for states in arid regions, A.R. Turton. Part 6 Worldviews of water - disciplinary approaches: law - the interstate river compact - incentives for noncompliance, Lynne Lewis Bennett and Charles W. Howe, main currents in early multilateral water treaties - an historical-geographic perspective, 1648-1948, James L. Wescoat, Jr., the UN Convention on the law of the non-navigational uses of international watercourses - prospects and p

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