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King -- Making the most of Afghanistan’s river basins :... -- 2010

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Author King, Matthew.
Sturtewagen, Benjamin.
Title Making the most of Afghanistan’s river basins : opportunities for regional cooperation / by Matthew King and Benjamin Sturtewagen.
Imprint Brussels, Belgium : EastWest Institute, 2010.
Physical Description 13 p. ; 30 cm.
Notes “February 2010.”
“EastWest Institute”—at foot of title.
Summary: “This paper reflects the discussions at a number of public seminars and private meetings during 2009 on water cooperation in Afghanistan and its region. These meetings, convened by the EastWest Institute (EWI) in Kabul, Islamabad, Brussels, and Paris, collected the thoughts and recommendations of more than one hundred experts and policy makers from Afghanistan, its neighbors, and the international community. The aim was to facilitate discussion that would lead to new ideas and viable policy options on how to improve regional cooperation on water between Afghanistan and its neighbors. The almost total absence of bilateral or regional cooperation on water between Afghanistan and its neighbors is a serious threat to sustainable development and security in the region. The ever-increasing demand for water, the unpredictable availability of water, and the inefficient management of water resources combine to form a complex but solvable challenge to regional security and development. Currently there are hardly any spaces in which to cooperatively address trans-boundary water issues. There are hardly any forums for dialogue or bilateral or multilateral agreements, and possibilities for data sharing or joint action are limited. The EWI’s consultations made abundantly clear that the regional nature and importance of water cooperation is fully recognized by all stakeholders. However, stark differences in capacity, combined with contextual issues such as historic mistrust and competing regional security priorities (in particular from the international community), have kept stakeholders from engaging in a process of dialogue on water cooperation. This paper outlines current challenges to effective and sustainable cross-border cooperation on water and makes the following recommendations to overcome them.” (Executive summary).
Includes bibliographic references.
Subject Headings Rivers – Afghanistan.
Water-supply – Political aspects –Asia, Central.
Water-supply – Political aspects – South Asia.
Water rights – Afghanistan.
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Accession Number 13143
Language English
Language Code E
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Record Number 11666