Transboundary Waters – an Emerging Issue

Professor Adrian Cashman is Senior Lecturer at the University of West Indies and a member of GWP’s Technical Committee. He speaks of the recent Technical Focus Paper “IWRM in Central America: the over-riding challenge of managing transboundary waters” – an issue he says is now emerging globally.

“There are so many people globally that live in transboundary basins, and you have a lot of economic activity going on there, which is dependent of water in various sectors of the economy. So globally this is an emerging issue – and as climate change and other things happen, water is a resource that it is going to be increasing competition for. When you get competition, you need allocation and sharing mechanisms,” says Professor Cashman.

“To the relevance of the audience of the wider work of GWP, one of the emerging themes that I think we’re going to see over the next 5-10 years, is around this theme of water sharing, water allocation and best practices. This paper feeds into that emerging theme. Transboundry water management is all about integrated water resources management (IWRM),” says Cashman.

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