This study reviews the experience of cooperation in five international river basins, focusing on the perceptions of risks and opportunities by country decision makers responding to a specific prospect of cooperation, and the effects of risk reduction and opportunity enhancement on the cooperation process. We explore the following five categories of risk: Capacity and Knowledge; Accountability and Voice; Sovereignty and Autonomy; Equity and Access; and Stability and Support. We surmise that risk perception plays a key and less understood role in decision-making processes over shared rivers cooperation, and conclude that countries and third parties can best achieve sustainable cooperation when long-term investments are made in risk reduction. We also point to areas for further study to better understand the motivations for cooperation.
Research Article|April 01 2014
Understanding and overcoming risks to cooperation along transboundary rivers
Ashok Subramanian, Bridget Brown, Aaron T. Wolf; Understanding and overcoming risks to cooperation along transboundary rivers. Water Policy 1 October 2014; 16 (5): 824–843. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wp.2014.010
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