Water, development and cooperation — Comparative perspective: Euphrates-Tigris and Southern Africa

Release date: 2006-01

From 1–2 March 2004, the Center for Development Research (ZEF) and the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) hosted an International Expert Workshop on “Water, Development and Cooperation – Comparative Perspective: Euphrates-Tigris and Southern Africa” in Bonn, Germany. Experts from the Euphrates-Tigris region (Turkey, Syria), Southern Africa (Namibia, Zimbabwe, Republic of South Africa, Botswana) as well as from European countries and the United States discussed issues of cooperation and development in transboundary river basins.

The focus lay on the rivers of Euphrates and Tigris as well as on various international river basins in Southern Africa, even though both regions face a somewhat different situation and go back to a different history in transboundary water management and water stress. The workshop compared and contrasted the situation of the Euphrates-Tigris basin to that of the Southern African region to learn from their respective experiences with regard to the various economic, socio-political and strategic factors which do or may affect cooperation. At the same time, participants tried to identify strategies for cooperative water management in the interest of all riparian countries. An analysis of the conditions conducive to cooperation, confidence building and dispute resolution was the main issue of the workshop.

The proceedings now released are a collection of those papers presented at the workshop that were handed in to the editors.