Potential for Sustainability and Self-Enforcement of Trans-Boundary Water Agreements
CONFLICT AND COOPERATION ON TRANS-BOUNDARY WATER RESOURCES, Richard Just, Sinaia Netanyahu, eds., Kluwer Academic Publishers, Forthcoming
9 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2011 Last revised: 17 Nov 2015
Date Written: April 18, 1998
Recent theoretical research on self-enforcing international environmental agreements (IEAs) has yielded rather pessimistic results: IEAs can be sustained only in cases where the outcome of cooperation is only a minor improvement over non-cooperation. Trans-boundary water pollution problems and negotiations have salient differences from previous theoretical representations of IEAs, however. This chapter discusses these differences and presents some counter-examples where trans-boundary water agreements can achieve significant increases in pollution abatement and abatement benefits over non-cooperation.
Keywords: climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion, acid rain, loss of biological diversity
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