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1st Edition

Resolving Water Conflicts Workbook

ISBN 9781003032533
Published November 25, 2021 by CRC Press
268 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book works to build trust, consensus, and capacity to enhance understanding through a water conflict management framework designed to bolster collaborative skills. Built on case-studies analysis and hands-on real-life applications, it addresses issues of water insecurity of marginalized systems and communities, global water viability, institutional resilience, and the inclusion of faith-based traditions for climate action. The authors assess the complexities of climate challenges and explain how to create sustainable, effective, and efficient water approaches for an improved ecological and socioeconomic future within the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Lynette de Silva

Chapter 1: The Consequence of a Decision and the Case of the Aswan High Dam by Chris Maser

Chapter 2: Water Conflict Transformation by Lynette de Silva

Chapter 3: Evolving Water Governance under United States Law by Holly V. Campbell

Chapter 4: Different Systems, Common Conflicts by Holly V. Campbell and Liliana Pimentel

Chapter 5: Rights of Nature: The Relationship between Water and People by Cameron La Follette

Chapter 6: Intertribal Fishing Conflicts and Federal Obstruction in Oregon by David G. Lewis

Chapter 7: The Role of Gender in Water Conflicts by Jaclyn Best and Jahan Taganova

Chapter 8: Water Insecurities in Two African American Communities by Lynette de Silva

Chapter 9: A Global Water Solution: An Example of the Sustainable Development Goal Target 6.5 by Melissa McCracken

Chapter 10: Religious Worldviews, Environmental Values, and Conflict-Management Traditions by Josiah J. Shaver

Conclusion by Lynette de Silva


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Lynette de Silva co-directors the Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation, at Oregon State University. She teaches courses in water resources management; and, transforming water conflicts. She has acted as a consultant to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), offering training to senior water professionals. Over the past 20 years, she has worked in areas emphasizing water resources and land management practices. In 2019, de Silva co-authored the book entitled, "Resolving Environmental Conflicts: Principles and Concepts," the third edition, through CRC Taylor and Francis Publishers.

Chris Maser spent over 25 years as a research scientist in natural history and ecology in forest, shrub steppe, subarctic, desert, coastal, and agricultural settings. I have lived, worked, consulted, and/or lectured in: Austria • Canada • Chile • Egypt • France • Germany • Japan • Malaysia • Mexico • Nepal • Slovakia • Switzerland • and various settings in the United States. Today I am an independent author as well as an international lecturer, facilitator in resolving environmental conflicts, vision statements, and sustainable community development. I am also an international consultant in forest ecology and sustainable forestry practices.


"This helpful workbook teases out some of the deep complexities of water conflicts through rich, wide-ranging, international case studies. Anchored by ‘four stages of water conflict transformation,’ the authors offer us a useful framework to expand our thinking about and responses to water conflicts. The holistic focus on relationships, culture, governance, and sustainability makes this an especially useful book for practical application as well as academic study." 

Dr. Scott Jones, Co-Director, Mind the Gap Research & Training, Scotland; Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, Bjørknes University College, Oslo

"Water physically flows from upstream to downstream, from one farmer to another, and from one country to another. Water also flows conceptually across value systems that differ between individuals, societies, and states. The authors of this inciteful volume provide multiple case studies demonstrating how dispute resolution practices, conflict management frameworks, and indigenous knowledge can be used to turn the complexity of water’s physical and conceptual flow into healthier outcomes for societies and the water environments on which they depend."

Mark Giordano, Professor, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service