Boundaries of Transboundary Water Sharings
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This chapter identifies a framework for deciding the boundaries of transboundary water disputes. As the potential benefits of cooperation between states increases, they would be less inclined to allow water sharing disputes to prevent cooperation in other areas. In an obvious sense, scarcity of any resource, let alone one as essential as water, would tend to intensify any conflicts that already exist among the different users of that resource. Serious as the crisis of water scarcity may be, it is important to stay clear of the popular temptation to see river water conflicts as a matter of scarcity alone. The potential for conflict or cooperation centred around a river depends on the institutions being in tune with the changes taking place that directly or indirectly affect all those who have a stake in the river basin. The ability to tap opportunities in a way that can overcome conflicts would depend on the institutions that are given this task.