International Waters in Southern Africa

Overview

Sharing water resources among basin countries is a major topic of discussion for those responsible for managing international water systems. Planned water transfer schemes can result in environmental and security disputes.

Southern Africa is one of the world's most critical regions in terms of water management, with a large disparity in availability of water between the relatively wet northern part of the region and the drier south. The first transboundary transfer of water ...

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Overview

Sharing water resources among basin countries is a major topic of discussion for those responsible for managing international water systems. Planned water transfer schemes can result in environmental and security disputes.

Southern Africa is one of the world's most critical regions in terms of water management, with a large disparity in availability of water between the relatively wet northern part of the region and the drier south. The first transboundary transfer of water occurred in the Southern African region (WHEN?), between Lesotho and South Africa.

Mikiyasu Nakayama was involved in the establishment of a basin-wide management scheme for the Zambesi river system. Political complexities led to many difficulties in the development of the action plan.

In the region's new political setting, all countries can now participate in discussions on an equal footing. This change may be interpreted as an opportunity for greater participation, or as the dangerous empowerment of self interest. International Waters in Southern Africa examines both the risks and opportunities for water management in this new political environment.

Contributors include Piet Heyns, Carl Bruch, Meredith A. Giordano, Aaron T. Wolf,

Kazimierz A. Salewicz, Anthony Turton, Peter Ashton, Munyaradzi Chenje, Abdullahi Elmi Mohamed, Richard Meissner, Zafar Adeel, and Thomas Ballatore.

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Mikiyasu Nakayama is professor of the Institute of Environmental Studies at the Graduate School of Frontier Science, University of Tokyo.

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Table of Contents

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Note on measurements
Introduction: Opportunities and risks 1
1 Water-resources management in Southern Africa 5
2 Role of public participation and access to information in the management of transboundary watercourses 38
3 Transboundary freshwater treaties 71
4 Institutional aspects of international water-system management 101
5 Building the bridge between decision-support tools and decision-making 114
6 An overview of the hydropolitical dynamics of the Orange River basin 136
7 The search for an equitable basis for water sharing in the Okavango River basin 164
8 Hydropolitics and the quest of the Zambezi River-Basin Organization 189
9 Joint development and cooperation in international water resources 209
10 Interaction and existing constraints in international river basins 249
11 Summary of presentations and discussions 274
Acronyms 283
List of contributors 287
Index 293
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