Transboundary Water Management and the Climate Change Debate
Routledge – 2015 – 288 pages
Climate change has an impact on the ability of transboundary water management institutions to deliver on their respective mandates. The starting point for this book is that actors within transboundary water management institutions develop responses to the climate change debate, as distinct from the physical phenomenon of climate change. Actors respond to this debate broadly in three distinct ways – adapt, resist (as in avoiding the issue) and subvert (as in using the debate to fulfil their own agenda).
The book charts approaches which have been taken over the past two decades to promote more effective water management institutions, covering issues of conflict, cooperation, power and law. A new framework for a better understanding of the interaction between transboundary water management institutional resilience and global change is developed through analysis of the way these institutions respond to the climate change debate. This framework is applied to six river case studies from Africa, Asia and the Middle East (Ganges-Brahmaputra, Jordan, Mekong, Niger, Nile, Orange-Senqu) from which learning conclusions and policy recommendations are developed.
2. The Ganges-Brahmaputra River Basin
3. The Jordan River Basin
4. The Mekong River Basin
5. The Niger River Basin
6. The Nile River Basin
7. The Orange-Senqu River Basin
8. Conclusion: Climate Change Spanning from Weather to Water Governance
Anton Earle is Director of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) Africa Regional Centre based in Pretoria, South Africa.
Ana Elisa Cascão is a Programme Manager at SIWI’s Capacity Building services and Co-director of SIWI’s international training programmes on Transboundary Water Management for the Lake Victoria, Middle East and Tigris-Euphrates.
Stina Hansson is performing research on transboundary water management and water services provision at School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University, Sweden and at SIWI.
Anders Jägerskog is Counsellor for Regional Water issues in the MENA region at the Embassy of Sweden in Amman, Jordan. He is also Associate Professor of Peace and Development at Gothenburg University.
Ashok Swain is a Professor at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research and at the Department of Earth Sciences of Uppsala University, Sweden.
Joakim Öjendal is a professor in Peace and Development Research at the School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University, Sweden.