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Thursday, 23 April 2015 - Events

Talk: "The Boundaries of Benefit Sharing"

On Thursday, 23 April 2015, the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), cordially invites you to a talk on “The Boundaries of Benefit Sharing—Experiences of the Zambezi Watercourse Commission (ZAMCOM)” (in English) by Professor Larry Swatuk, University of Waterloo, Canada, presently Visiting Researcher at BICC.

Zambezi river near Mongu. Photo: NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

In his presentation, Larry Swatuk will refer to his most recent study, “The Boundaries of Benefit Sharing”, co-authored by Joanna Fatch. To enhance possibilities for co-operation, a great deal of effort has been placed in establishing multilateral settings for collective decision-making, with River Basin Organisations (RBOs) being a highly touted way forward. The latest RBO to be established is the Zambezi Watercourse Commission (ZAMCOM), which includes eight riparian states: Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. But Malawi and Tanzania have recently been in the news not for their extensive co-operation on the Songwe River, which forms part of the northern and southern borders respectively between the two states, but for the resurfacing of the long-running dispute regarding the location of the border on the Lake.

Analysing the ZAMCOM experiences Larry Swatuk will discuss the questions of how conflictful actions and perspectives are embedded within a dense web of inter-state actions built up over time and how they could help to routinize conflicts and of how a means can be devised for ensuring that various and partial policy regimes ‘add up’ to a collective, basin-wide shared good.

Date: 23 April 2015, 13:00 to 14:30 hrs

Venue: BICC, Pfarrer-Byns-Str. 1, 53121 Bonn

Overview of the research talk

Larry Swatuk, Lars Wirkus (l.t.r.)

Larry Swatuk