[enviro] Joint Management of Border's Waters
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May 10, 2005
New from the IRC:
Times Come for Jointly Managing Borders Surface, Underground Water
By Rachel McHugh
Since the start of U.S.-Mexican relations in the border area, water has been the source of conflict and concern, yet political and infrastructural barriers historically have blocked the effectiveness of dealing with water issues. Population growth, trade, and development in the border area are raising demands on water resources and related infrastructure throughout the region. Continued drought and strain on the resources has led to recent initiatives from organizations, universities, and regional authorities that could alter perceptions and management of border water. These initiatives build on the underutilized concepts of appreciation for the impacts on complete water systems, transboundary approaches to water management, and binational cooperation. A move beyond data collection and sharing toward common management techniques still needs acceptance, yet border area projects of recent years are demonstrating cross-border efforts viability. Transboundary approaches are critical to increasing water management efficiency and important in decreasing potential for future conflict over water in the border region.
Rachel McHugh is a six-month intern with the International Relations Center (IRC, online at http://www.irc-online.org) where she is researching border water issues. She recently completed her Master of Science and lives in Albuquerque, NM.
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