Transboundary Water Management and the Climate Change Debate
Routledge – 2013 – 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 five river case studies from Africa, Asia and the Middle East (Ganges-Brahmaputra, Jordan, Mekong, Nile, Orange-Senqu) from which learning conclusions and policy recommendations are developed.
1. Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Global Climate Change and Transboundary Water Management Institutional Responses
2.Transboundary Water Management: A Retrospective Overview of the Field
3. A Common Approach to Five Empirical Cases
4. Ganges-Brahmaputra River
5. Jordan River
6. Orange-Senqu River
7. Nile River
8. Mekong River
9. Learning from the Cases
10. Conclusions and Policy Recommendations
Anton Earle is Director of Capacity Building at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Sweden.
Ana Cascao and Anders Jägerskog are also based at SIWI.
Ashok Swain is Professor of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University, Sweden.
Joakim Öjendal is a Professor in the Department of Peace and Development Research at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.