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The Water ParadoxOvercoming the Global Crisis in Water Management$
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Edward B. Barbier

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300224436

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300224436.001.0001

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Managing a Global Resource

Managing a Global Resource

(p.212) 8 Managing a Global Resource
The Water Paradox

Edward B. Barbier

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the global management of water resources. There are two pressing global issues emerging from the current water paradox: potential conflicts over transboundary water resources and “water grabbing.” To a large extent, the problems associated with water grabbing have their roots in the mismanagement of water globally. If adequate institutions, incentives, and innovation for managing freshwater were adopted worldwide, then acquiring land and water resources overseas by water-scarce countries may not have such negative consequences. Effective transboundary agreements on sharing water could reduce the incentive for powerful countries to target weaker neighbors for water grabbing. However, acquiring water and land resources overseas still needs international regulation and monitoring. One way to do this is for countries that are currently responsible for much of the water grabbing worldwide to collaborate with the main targeted countries to form an international body for overseeing large-scale global water and land acquisitions.

Keywords:   global water management, water resources, transboundary water resources, water grabbing, water management, land acquisitions, water acquisitions, transboundary agreements, international regulation

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