Ad hoc legal mechanisms governing transboundary aquifers: current status and future prospects

Ad hoc legal mechanisms governing transboundary aquifers: current status and future prospects

Year of publication: 
2016
Pages: 
851-865
Name of publisher / organisation and location: 
International Water Resources Association / Taylor & Francis
Abstract: 

In recent years different international institutions have repeatedly called for states to enter into agreements on the transboundary aquifers they share. Nevertheless, very few agreements have been established. This article examines the few ad hoc legal mechanisms that are in existence, and identifies some possible reasons for states’ reluctance. Finally, this article suggests that there is a need for the international community to stimulate a more cooperative approach to the management of this natural resource based on the preventive and precautionary principles.

Journal or book title: 
Water International
Author(s): 
Movilla Pateiro, L.
Keywords: 
Law
Governance
Country/countries and or aquifer(s) covered in publication: 
Chad
Egypt
Libya
Sudan
Algeria
Tunisia
Burkina Faso
Benin
Mali
Mauritania
Niger
Nigeria
Argentina
Brazil
Paraguay
Uruguay
Jordan
Saudi Arabia
France
Switzerland
Belgium
Mexico
Canada
United States of America
Aquifer: 
Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System
Iullemeden-Taoudéni/Tanezrouft Aquifer System
Al-Sag/Al-Disi Aquifer
Guarani Aquifer System
Abbotsford-Sumas Aquifer
Franco-Belgian Carboniferous Limestone Aquifer
Franco-Swiss Genevese Aquifer