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Governance mechanisms to address flow variability in water treaties

Drieschova, Alena, Giordano, Mark and Fischhendler, Itay 2008. Governance mechanisms to address flow variability in water treaties. Global Environmental Change 18 (2) , pp. 285-295. 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2008.01.005

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While the importance of flow variability in water treaties is acknowledged, little work has been done to identify those mechanisms that have actually been employed. The present study uses a content analysis of a large number of water treaties in order to identify approaches used in practice. It was found that flow variability has been governed using a variety of mechanisms. While some mechanisms explicitly address variability, the majority use more subtle, open-ended approaches. Most of the mechanisms adopted deviate from an “ideal” state of being both flexible in the face of change but binding in enforcement. Instead, they reflect trade-offs between flexibility and enforcement. These results are used to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of particular variability management strategies.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0959-3780
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 09:00

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