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Strategic Environmental Assessment as a tool to Develop Power in Transboundary Water Basin Settings
Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).
2011 (English)In: International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development, ISSN 1947-8402, Vol. 2, no 4, 1-11 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper proposes a generic consultative process for undertaking Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA) in a transboundary river basin context to bring up front environmental and social issues of major development programs into the transboundary planning, project development and investment finance processes. The paper demonstrates through an analysis of two case studies from the Nile Basin in East and North Africa how an SEA approach with a focus on hydropower development is a transparent pre-investment tool that allows for consensus building in support of transboundary and regional strategic decision making and integration. Further, it demonstrates how an SEA can guide public and private sector investors seeking to develop the power sector in general and hydropower options in particular by allowing for a first level understanding of challenges and opportunities of power development and the development scenarios preferred by riparian governments.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 2, no 4, 1-11 p.
National Category
Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
Research subject
Geography, Physical Geography
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-75770DOI: 10.4018/jsesd.2011100101OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-75770DiVA: diva2:523873
Available from: 2012-04-26 Created: 2012-04-26 Last updated: 2012-07-23Bibliographically approved
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1. The Collective Action Dilemma in Managing Transboundary Freshwaters: An Analysis of an Outcome-Driven Framework
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Collective Action Dilemma in Managing Transboundary Freshwaters: An Analysis of an Outcome-Driven Framework
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

It is recognised by society that freshwater resources play a major role in economic development and in maintaining life supporting ecosystems services. Transboundary river basins cover about 45% of the earth’s land surface and their governance is therefore of critical importance. Transboundary freshwater resources are considered a common-pool resource. Collective action is therefore needed in order to supply both public and private goods from these resources but is yet in short supply. This thesis intends to analyse a complementary framework to the common Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach with the objective of enhancing investments in collective action to address this dilemma. Results indicate that transboundary water resources management in itself can be identified as a regional public good. The results also indicate that IWRM has been promoted as a standard management concept; often without first having identified and agreed the objectives of the intended multiple uses of water. Outcomes related to IWRM at the transboundary scale are therefore difficult to identify and evidence points towards continued water quality degradation at a global scale and development opportunities not achieved. Two different tools for how to assess the generation of benefits from cooperation are presented in this thesis including an institutional assessment framework adapted to transboundary institutions. Together these steps make up an outcome-driven approach that clarifies the value of water in all management and development stages. Through such an outcome-driven approach, water issues can provide the incentives necessary in order to identify cooperative paths and thus become important factors in negotiations to establish effective regional governance regimes. This would take the broader political, economic and geographical context into consideration thus supporting a process towards more integration of interests between countries.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology, Stockholm University, 2012. 22 p.
Series
Dissertations from the Department of Physical Geography, ISSN 1653-7211 ; 33
Keyword
Benefit generation, common-pool resources, governance, management, outcomes, regional public goods, transboundary waters, value chain
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Geography, Physical Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-74964 (URN)978-91-7447-471-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2012-06-07, William-Olssonsalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 14, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2012-05-16 Created: 2012-04-01 Last updated: 2015-08-31Bibliographically approved

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