Conflict and Cooperation on the Scheldt River Basin [electronic resource] : A Case Study of Decision Making on International Scheldt Issues between 1967 and 1997 / by Sander V. Meijerink
- Environment & Policy, 1383-5130 ; 17
- I: Introduction, Theory, and Case Study Design -- 1 Introduction -- 2 Decision Making on International River Issues -- 3 Case Study Design -- II: The Scheldt Case -- 4 Context of Decision Making on International Scheldt Issues -- 5 Preparation of Three Draft Conventions and a Total Deadlock (1967–1985) -- 6 Laborious Negotiations and the Break-Through (1985–1993) -- 7 Conclusion and Implementation of the Water Conventions (1993–1997) -- III: Conclusions, Recommendations, and Final Discussion -- 8 Conclusions -- 9 Solving Upstream-Downstream Problems -- 10 Final Discussion -- References -- A. Literature -- B. Official documents -- C. Files -- D. Newspaper articles -- E. Respondents/Informants -- Appendices -- 1. List of Figures -- 2. List of Tables -- 3. Glossary -- 4. Abbreviations -- 5. Hydrographic description of the Scheldt basin -- 6. Administrative organization of water management in the Scheldt basin -- 7. Map Rhine, Meuse, and Scheldt river basins -- 8. Map Scheldt basin -- 9. Map Scheldt estuary -- 10. Alignment of Baalhoek Canal -- 11. Alignment of Bath Canal -- 12. Series of decisions in decision making rounds I to XIIb (1967–1997) -- 13. Commissions and working groups where international Scheldt issues were discussed -- Summary -- About the author.
- More than 200 major river basins are shared by two or more countries and, together, these basins account for about 60% of the earth's land area, constituting a significant portion of the world's fresh water resources. They are thus both a significant asset to the nations sharing them, as well as a potential source of conflict. This book presents a generic framework for the analysis of decision making on international river issues. It emphasises the strategic character of the interactions between the basin states and addresses learning and institutionalization processes, taking account of the influence of the context on the decision making process. The case of the river Scheldt covers negotiations on the Belgian-Dutch water conventions covering a number of international issues relating to the river basins of the Scheldt and the Meuse, such as construction projects aimed at improving the maritime access to the port of Antwerp, the maintenance of the navigation channel in the Western Scheldt, pollution of the waters in the two rivers, and the distribution of water from the Meuse. The final part of the book contains a typology of strategies for the solution of upstream-downstream problems in international river basins. Audience: All those interested in international water and environmental management, international negotiations and politics, and public policy.
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