Definitive analyses of transboundary water management in Latin America are conspicuous by their absence. The situation is a little better for rivers compared to groundwater resources. Transboundary water management in Latin America has been evolving in a somewhat different manner compared to other continents.
The book includes eight authoritative case studies of Latin American transboundary rivers and aquifers, as well as a thinkpiece on the complexities of managing aquifers based on global experiences. The case studies are of different scales, ranging from the mighty Amazon to small Silala. The overall focus of the book is on ways in which such difficult and complex rivers and aquifers that are shared by two or more countries can be managed efficiently and equitably, and on the lessons, both positive and negative, that other regions can learn from the Latin American experience.
This book was published as a special issue of the International Journal of Water Resources Development.
1. Transboundary Water Management in Latin America: Personal Reflections Asit K. Biswas 2. Governance of Transboundary Aquifers: Balancing Efficiency, Equity and Sustainability David B. Brooks and Jamie Linton 3. The Guarani Aquifer: From Knowledge to Water Management Luiz Amore 4. Transboundary Water Management of the Amazon Basin B. Braga, P. Varella and H. Gonçalves 5. International Agreements, Institutions and Projects in La Plata River Basin Victor Pochat 6. The La Plata Basin System against the Background of Other Basin Organizations Lilian del Castillo 7. Pilcomayo River Basin Institutional Structure Claudio Laboranti 8. Transboundary Water Management in Venezuela Juan Carlos Sainz-Borgo 9. The US – Mexico Border: Conflict and Co-operation in Water Management Vicente Sánchez-Munguía 10. The Silala/Siloli Watershed: Dispute over the Most Vulnerable Basin in South America B. M. Mulligan and G. E. Eckstein
Most of the world’s water problems, and their solutions, are directly related to policies and governance, both specific to water and in general. Two of the world’s leading journals in this area, the International Journal of Water Resources Development (sponsored by the Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico) and Water International (the official journal of the International Water Resources Association), contribute to this special issues series, aimed at disseminating new knowledge on the policy and governance of water resources to a very broad and diverse readership all over the world. The series should be of direct interest to all policy makers, professionals and lay readers concerned with obtaining the latest perspectives on addressing the world’s many water issues.