The Roles of Knowledge in the Emergence of Co-Management Initiatives for Transboundary Groundwaters: The Case of the Génévois Aquifer

Walter, M. (2013) “Knowledge in Transboundary Groundwater Co-Management Initiatives: The Case of the Génévois Aquifer” in Velma Grover and Gail Krantzberg (Eds.), “Water Co-management.” Science Publishers, New Hampshire.

25 Pages Posted: 2 May 2013

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Martin Walter

IEP Paris; Northwestern University; Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); Inter-American Development Bank

Date Written: March 1, 2013

Abstract

In stark contrast to other international waters such as shared rivers or lakes, transboundary groundwaters are rarely co-managed. The indifference towards shared groundwaters is often explained by the lack both of knowledge about these resources and of common scientific assessments. The politicization of groundwaters relies on localized knowledge, which is often unavailable, and it is furthermore influenced by a multiplicity of localized issues that preclude the straightforward implementation of generic guidelines and principles. Drawing from historical documents and interviews with management experts, scientists and socio-economic stakeholders, this chapter examines the political process that led to the successful co-management of the Génévois Aquifer. It highlights the roles played by science and scientific cooperation in the emergence of the initiative. This analytical approach purposefully sidesteps the prototypical discussion about geopolitical differences or the incompatibility of institutional settings to focus on often forgotten, but critical, constitutive dimensions of decision-making scenarios: original scientific assessments and local joint problem-framing that effectively reshape interests and challenge the legitimacy of established institutional frameworks.

Keywords: Transboundary Aquifer, Groundwater, Water governance

JEL Classification: N25, Q50

Suggested Citation

Walter, Martin, The Roles of Knowledge in the Emergence of Co-Management Initiatives for Transboundary Groundwaters: The Case of the Génévois Aquifer (March 1, 2013). Walter, M. (2013) “Knowledge in Transboundary Groundwater Co-Management Initiatives: The Case of the Génévois Aquifer” in Velma Grover and Gail Krantzberg (Eds.), “Water Co-management.” Science Publishers, New Hampshire., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2258696

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