Contexts Matter: A Hydropolitical Analysis of Blue Nile and Yarmouk River Basins

Hussein, Hussam and Grandi, Mattia (2015) Contexts Matter: A Hydropolitical Analysis of Blue Nile and Yarmouk River Basins. In: Social Water Studies in the Arab Region. Zerbe Druck & Werbung, Berlin, pp. 159-177. ISBN 3-936602-74-3

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Transboundary surface water is of strategic importance in the Arab world as it accounts for over two thirds of the renewable water in the region. Despite most shared waters have their source outside the Arab countries, no basin-wide agreements exist over the use, allocation and management of the main transboundary rivers in the region: the Nile, the Jordan, and the Tigris and Euphrates. This paper investigates the intra-basin hydro-political relations in the dynamic contexts of Yarmouk and Blue Nile rivers. In both cases, the lack of a shared vision on the management of transboundary waters has resulted in unilateral initiatives rather than comprehensive and agreed legal frameworks. Adopting a broader problemshed approach rather than a narrow watershed one, this paper captures the interests and reasons of such dynamic contexts, and analyses how recent changes impact on the transboundary water management of shared basins. In particular, the relevance of including power analysis into the assessment of water-related negotiations will shed light over competing interests and political asymmetries, which ultimately affect the processes of water allocation and use. The insights provided by evidence-based assumptions over the dynamic and often conflictive process of water governance formation in the two cases considered will disclose alternative perspectives to the (mainstream) analyses of water management, in the attempt to situate specific hydro-political dynamics in the regional evolving contexts of the cases selected. The intra-basin interactions that emerge from the analysis will uncover some of the neglected issues in the literature over transboundary water management, while contributing at the same time to the search for solutions to the current water disputes in the two case studies.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: hydropolitics,transboundary water interactions,nile river basin,yarmouk river,power asymmetries,sdg 7 - affordable and clean energy ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/affordable_and_clean_energy
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
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Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2017 05:07
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2021 17:22

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