International Treaties and Agreements

½ day

by Mr Jamie Benidickson

New technologies allow the use of natural resources in ways unthinkable few years ago (offshore wind farms, hydroelectric stations, tidal energy, etc.). In many occasions, these resources are shared with one or more jurisdictions creating conflicts among them and delays in their use. Shared river/water resources among states or provinces of the same country can become a long standing issue delaying the full exploitation of the resources and the development of the region and the country. On an international level, the issues raised from the shared water/river resources are even more disputable and harder to deal with. It has become clear that the lack of institutional capacity to manage the shared water/river resources is a serious problem, making the finding of solutions difficult, if not impossible. A number of international treaties have been signed aiming at easing the potential conflicts from the shared water/river resources with a relative success. Setting up appropriate institutions at national level and signing treaties of cooperation for the proper management of shared water resources at an international level can ease the conflicts and allow a better utilization and management of international reservoirs. This seminar deals with the issues of shared water/river resources and examines the international experiences to resolve these issues. It emphasizes the establishment of an institutional capacity and international regulations as a prerequisite for the proper management of these resources.

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