Water is Security

17 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2008 Last revised: 21 Jul 2009

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Elizabeth Burleson

BurlesonInstitute.org; London School of Economics (LSE)


Reasonable and equitable water resource decision-making is at the core of good governance around the world. Sustained water collaboration is an antidote to foreign relations disintegration. Lack of water quality and quantity policies can lead to water insecurity for everyone, yet bureaucratic obstacles such as inertia and corruption must be averted in altering water governance schemes. There are multiple ways to lower transaction costs and strive for optimal water use. Several ingredients of good water governance include: (1) broad participation through the entire decision-making process; (2) transparent flow of information; (3) equitable opportunities to increase well-being; (4) accountability from governments, the private sector, and civil society; (5) coherency of water resource measures; (6) responsiveness to changing water conditions and societal factors; (7) integrative approach to water basin management; and (8) ethical principles that resonate with varying societies based upon inclusive dialogues. Reasonable and equitable use of transboundary water resources can help sustain local, regional, and international peace and security.

Keywords: Water, Climate Change, Civil Rights, Renewable Energy, Environmental Law, Health, Human Rights, Indigenous, Indian, International Law, Land Use, Technology Transfer, Natural Resources, Politics, Good Governance, Conflict Resolution, Security, Peace-building, Efficiency, Human Development

JEL Classification: D7, D6, D8, G18, H4, I1, J00, J7, L4, N4, N5, O00, O31, O5, N7, Q00, Q2, Q3, R5, Z00, Z10

Suggested Citation

Burleson, Elizabeth, Water is Security. UC Davis Environs Environmental Law and Policy Journal, Vol. 31, No. 197, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1159163

Elizabeth Burleson (Contact Author)

BurlesonInstitute.org ( email )

London School of Economics (LSE) ( email )

Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

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