Transboundary water management and crisis prevention

How can the different interests of riparian states in international waters be taken into account or balanced? Can such settlements perhaps even act as an example for solving other conflict situations? How can one achieve a fair distribution of domestic and inter-state water resources? A BICC project is dealing with questions of the conflict potential of cross-border and domestic water management within the framework of various studies, publications, conferences and workshops. This project focuses on the region of Africa south of the Sahara.

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Duration of project

until 2006


Other publications

Böge, Volker. 2005. "A glass half full or half empty? Water, conflict and cooperation in southern Africa." In Matthias Basedau, ed. Resource politics in sub-Saharan Africa. Hamburg: Institut für Afrika-Kunde (Hamburg African Studies; 14), pp. 273-304.
Wirkus, Lars. 2005. "Indigene Regelungen des Wassermanagements. Die EZ im Wassersektor könnte stärker auf traditionelle Ressourcen setzen." Zeitschrift Entwicklungspolitik, Mai, pp.46-48.
Wirkus, Lars and Volker Böge. 2006. "Traditional Approaches to Wise Water Sharing. Box. 11.4." In UNESCO-WWAP, ed. World Water Development Report 2 - Water a shared responsibility.
________. 2005. "Value of Water- Different Approaches in Transboundary Water Management. An introduction to the workshop" In Value of
Water - Different Approaches in Transboundary Water Management. IHP/HWRP
Berichte, Heft 3.
________. 2005. "Afrikas internationale Flüsse und Seen Stand und Erfahrungen im grenzüberschreitenden Wassermanagement in Afrika an ausgewählten Beispielen." Appraisal in the framework of a research and consulting project for the Federal Ministry for economic cooperation and development (BMZ) with the title: "Transboundary water management in Africa." Bonn: Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik, Discussion Paper, July.