Legal Principles Applicable to Sharing Transboundary Waters

by William E. Cox,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


Transboundary water management programs must be developed on a case-by-case basis, but certain principles apply to such agreements generally. These principles include commitment to cooperation, exchange of data, acceptance of reasonableness as a constraint on water use, acceptance of the concept of no unreasonable harm, commitment to resource sustainability, maintenance of adequate institutional arrangements, and allocation of adequate resources. Neglect of any of these principles will reduce the potential for implementation of a successful agreement.

Subject Headings: Water management | Legal affairs | Transboundary water | Water use | Resource allocation | Political factors | Water resources | Sustainable development

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