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Good transboundary water governance in the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals: a legal perspective


  • Mallory Orme
  • Zoë Cuthbert
  • Francesco Sindico
  • Julie Gibson
  • Renice Bostic


The goal of this article is to discuss whether the Sustainable Development Goals address the cooperation necessary to facilitate a system of transboundary water governance. For the purpose of this analysis, a Good Transboundary Water Governance Matrix has been developed. We find that transboundary water governance requires a holistic interpretation and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals understood as a whole. In particular, good governance and, ultimately, sustainable development require stakeholders to focus not only on water (Goal 6) but also on Goal 16, which focuses on international cooperation.

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  • Mallory Orme & Zoë Cuthbert & Francesco Sindico & Julie Gibson & Renice Bostic, 2015. "Good transboundary water governance in the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals: a legal perspective," Water International, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(7), pages 969-983, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:rwinxx:v:40:y:2015:i:7:p:969-983
    DOI: 10.1080/02508060.2015.1099083

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