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A Source of Conflict or Cooperation?, 1st Edition

Edited by Velma I. Grover

CRC Press

370 pages

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This volume describes various scenarios of conflict and cooperation over water resources among stakeholders in a variety of settings. It discusses treaty making over international rivers, bilateral cooperation on river development between South Africa and Lesotho, the political economy of water supply in the Pacific Island region, the establishment of the Mekong River Commission in Southeast Asia, comparative river basin management in the United States and South Korea, and the International Joint Commission formed by Canada and the United States to resolve boundary water conflicts. The book also explores national domestic conflicts over water resources in Bangladesh and China, Cold War hydropolitics in Southern Africa, water management conflicts in the Niger River Basin of West Africa, and water as commodity and source of conflict in Australia.

Table of Contents


Introduction, V.I. Grover

Water Wars? Conflict, Cooperation, and Negotiation over Transboundary Water, Shlomi Dinar

Conflicts in Shared River Basins, Nils Petter Gleditsch et al.


Water Conflicts in China, Desheng Hu

Disputes over Water, Natural Resources and Human Security in Bangladesh: Towards a Conflict Analysis Framework, Irna van der Molen


The Hydropolitics of Cooperation: South Africa during the Cold War, Anthony Turton

Competition for Limited Water Resources in Botswana, Umoh T. Umoh et al.

Water Conflict in West Africa: The Niger River Basin Experience, Umoh T. Umoh et al.

River Development and Bilateral Cooperation: Lesotho Highlands Water Project Case Study, Naho Mirumachi


Water: An Essential Commodity and Yet a Potential Source of Conflict with Special Reference to Australia, Syed U. Hussainy and S. Kumar

Comparisons between Continents

Enhancing Sustainability in River Basin Management through Conflict Resolution: Comparative Analysis from the U.S. and South Korea, Young-Doo Wang et al.

North America

International Joint Commission: A Model of Cooperation in the Great Lakes Region, V.I. Grover and Haseen Khan

South Pacific

Water in the Pacific Islands: Case Studies from Fiji and Kiribati, Eberhard Weber

About the Editor

Velma I. Grover, Natural Resource Consultant, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply