Unraveling transboundary water security in the arid Americas

Tamee R. Albrecht, Robert G. Varady, Adriana A. Zuniga-Teran, Andrea K. Gerlak, Rafael Routson De Grenade, América Lutz-Ley, Facundo Martín, Sharon B. Megdal, Francisco Meza, Diego Ocampo Melgar, Nicolás Pineda, Facundo Rojas, Rossi Taboada, Bram Leo Willems

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Abstract

Transboundary waters are characterized by diverse and complex socio-politico-economic obstacles to effective water management. We examine five distinct cases in the arid Americas–in locations from the US–Mexico border to the Andes mountains–employing water security as a conceptual prism to unravel the multiple and varied attributes of transboundary water challenges. We describe how borders complicate water security in arid regions and explore how institutional arrangements and practices–within and across jurisdictions–respond to these challenges. We find that institutional capacity is needed on multiple levels for effective water management, and institutions must be responsive and flexible to change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1075-1113
Number of pages39
JournalWater International
Volume43
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 17 Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The maps in this manuscript were designed by Adriana Zuniga-Teran. The authors thank Elma Montaña for reviewing a portion of this manuscript. We also thank our anonymous reviewers for their insightful suggestions. This work was undertaken as part of the International Water Security Network, a project funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a charitable foundation helping protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research. We further acknowledge the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research, for Project SGP-CRA005, supported by US National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant No. GEO-1138881. The paper also benefited from support from the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation, in Tucson, Arizona.

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research [SGP-CRA005];Lloyd's Register Foundation [CE-12-1051/CE-12-0801];National Science Foundation [GEO-1138881];Udall Foundation [MKU07066]; The maps in this manuscript were designed by Adriana Zuniga-Teran. The authors thank Elma Monta?a for reviewing a portion of this manuscript. We also thank our anonymous reviewers for their insightful suggestions. This work was undertaken as part of the International Water Security Network, a project funded by Lloyd?s Register Foundation, a charitable foundation helping protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research. We further acknowledge the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research, for Project SGP-CRA005, supported by US National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant No. GEO-1138881. The paper also benefited from support from the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation, in Tucson, Arizona.

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research [SGP-CRA005];Lloyd's Register Foundation [CE-12-1051/CE-12-0801];National Science Foundation [GEO-1138881];Udall Foundation [MKU07066];

Keywords

  • Arid regions
  • climate
  • institutions
  • the Americas
  • transboundary
  • water security

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