Weathering Climate Change: Provisions for Climate Change Resiliency in Transboundary River Treaties
Date of Award
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Tamra Pearson d'Estrée, Ph.D.
Conflict resolution, Provisions, Resilience, Resiliency, River treaty, Water conflict
Climate change will be most apparent in alterations to the hydrologic system - shifts in movement, variations in extremes - thereby defining many resource disputes in the coming decades. Water is a boundaryless resource; as its hydrologic patterns shift within and without borders, so too will preexisting agreements on its use and allocation. The question for transboundary water agreements is: how can agreements both satisfy parties' needs and account for future uncertainties of climate-induced changes to their basins' hydrologic systems?
From examining literature and water agreements, this thesis develops a list of provisions identified as foundational to resiliency in transboundary water agreements. The context of Central Asia provides a case study for determining the effectiveness of provisions in fostering resiliency, ultimately concluding that, if the implementation of an agreement is weak, then the impact of provisions is negated. The value of an agreement's content is secondary to the resilient action resulting from it. Future research is needed to understand how provisions can be used to promote or strengthen agreement implementation.
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Zmak, Emily Joan, "Weathering Climate Change: Provisions for Climate Change Resiliency in Transboundary River Treaties" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1457.
Received from ProQuest
Emily Joan Zmak
Water resources management, International relations, Natural resource management
International and Area Studies Commons, Natural Resources Management and Policy Commons, Water Resource Management Commons