Patterns in transboundary aquifer governance: comparative analysis of eight case studies from the perspective of efficacy

Maya Velis*, Kirstin I. Conti, Frank Biermann

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Abstract

We performed a comparative analysis of eight case studies worldwide from the perspective of transboundary aquifer governance efficacy. First, we mapped variation in institutional design, applying institutional design criteria in four dimensions linked to The OECD Principles on Water Governance. We then identified explanatory factors: (1) physical variables, including aquifer size and hydrogeological characteristics; (2) watershed variables, including groundwater exploitation capacity and water transfer infrastructure; and (3) political factors, including international donor support. We found that transboundary aquifer governance efficacy is closely linked to problem structure and less attributable to institutional design in the presence of specific contextual variables.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-296
Number of pages19
JournalWater International
Volume47
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022

Keywords

  • Groundwater
  • The OECD Principles on Water Governance
  • empirical analysis
  • institutional design
  • international
  • regional environmental governance
  • sustainable development
  • water security

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