Water governance in Southern Africa — Cooperation and conflict prevention in transboundary river basins

Release date: 2006-06

Nowadays water security is an essential component both of the national security of individual states and of international security, because all dimensions of an extended security concept (food security, economic security, environmental security, human security at large) are dependent on water security. It is against this background that the imminent danger of “water wars” has become a prominent issue in the political and scientific discourse and in the perception of the general public at large.The main focus of those fears lies on transboundary river courses.
BICC brief 33 discusses the questions:

  • The global water crisis—A crisis of governance
  • The context of natural resources and conflict
  • The context of weak states
  • The local level: Customary water management in Southern African communities
  • Local-international interplay: Two cases—The Kunene and the Okavango River
  • Water governance-a multi-faceted institutional effort
  • The international level: Transboundary water management in Southern Africa