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International river basin organizations: variation, options and insights


  • Jonathan Lautze
  • Kai Wegerich
  • Jusipbek Kazbekov
  • Murat Yakubov


Permanent international river basin organizations (IRBOs) come in many shapes and sizes, ranging from those which are mainly facilitative in nature to those empowered to act on their own. Although differences in IRBO types may have important impacts on transboundary water resources management, systematic analysis of variation in their structure and responsibilities is scant. This paper synthesizes and applies a typology to determine the structural composition, abundance, spatial distribution, scale and in-basin configurations of the different forms of IRBOs. The results provide a set of options for future IRBOs, and serve to ground-truth and nuance theoretical divisions between different types of organizations in transboundary basins.

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  • Jonathan Lautze & Kai Wegerich & Jusipbek Kazbekov & Murat Yakubov, 2013. "International river basin organizations: variation, options and insights," Water International, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 38(1), pages 30-42, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:rwinxx:v:38:y:2013:i:1:p:30-42
    DOI: 10.1080/02508060.2013.747418

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    1. Claudia W. Sadoff & Dale Whittington & David Grey, 2002. "Africa's International Rivers : An Economic Perspective," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 15175, September.
    2. Molle, Francois, 2006. "Planning and managing water resources at the river-basin level: emergence and evolution of a concept," IWMI Research Reports H039490, International Water Management Institute.
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    1. Wegerich, Kai & Van Rooijen, Daniel & Soliev, Ilkhom & Mukhamedova, Nozilakhon, 2015. "Water Security in the Syr Darya Basin," EconStor Open Access Articles and Book Chapters, ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, pages 4657-4684.
    2. Susanne Schmeier & Andrea K. Gerlak & Sabine Blumstein, 2016. "Clearing the muddy waters of shared watercourses governance: conceptualizing international River Basin Organizations," International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 16(4), pages 597-619, August.
    3. Bunyod Holmatov & Jonathan Lautze & Jusipbek Kazbekov, 2016. "Tributary-level transboundary water law in the Syr Darya: overlooked stories of practical water cooperation," International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 16(6), pages 873-907, December.

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