Natural resources often stretch across borders that separate modern nation states. This can create conflict and limit opportunities for regulated consumption of their goods and services, but also provide opportunities for joint multinational efforts that exceed single country capabilities.

This book illustrates the diversity of transborder natural resources, the pressures that they experience or the opportunities that exist for multinational regulatory regimes, monitoring and enforcement. It presents ten case studies of transborder natural resources that are of interest to two or more neighboring countries, and that are subject to, or in need of bilateral or multinational coordinated management. The case studies include the exploitation of specific marine resources in international waters, rivers that travel through several countries and contiguous tropical forests across national borders, and where commodities, nature conservation or even territorial integrity are at stake. They are drawn from across the globe, including flood management in Western Europe, tropical forests in the Western Amazon, hydropower development in the Mekong region of South-east Asia, forest conservation in Central Africa and marine resource and fisheries exploitation in the waters of Japan, South-east Asia and Australia. Together the chapters provide a review of a wide range of transborder natural resource examples, and the diverse regulatory regimes that need to be devised to achieve successful management. An introductory chapter provides a conceptual and theoretical underpinning that can guide future research efforts on similar cases and a concluding chapter draws major conclusions and implications for related concepts and theories.

chapter 3|20 pages

State-making and Transnationalism

Transborder Flows in a Borderland of Western Borneo

chapter 4|15 pages

A Resource-hungry Malaysia, Transnational Mobile Peoples and the Absence of the State

A Lethal Combination for Natural Resources in Indonesia's Borderlands?

chapter 6|16 pages

Territorialization Re-examined

Transborder Marine Resources Exploitation in Southeast Asia and Australia

chapter 7|16 pages

Circumventing the Sea Cucumber War

Self-regulation of Sea Cucumber Fisheries in Rishiri Island, Japan

chapter 8|19 pages

Beyond Borders

Scaling-up Marine Turtle Conservation Through Transnational Arrangements

chapter 9|14 pages

Adapting to Water Scarcity in a Changing Climate

The Role of Institutions in Transborder Settings

chapter 10|14 pages

Fighting Floods or Living with Floods?

Streamlining Multiple Strategies of Flood Risk Management in Transborder River Basins