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Institutional Issues Of Water -- Energy -- Food Nexus In Central Asia

Congress: 2015
AbstractIntroduction The recent history of water management in Central Asia is a story about process of conflict resolution. Every agreement and institution established to manage the variety of water stakeholder interests has performed basic conflict resolution functions, some more effective than others. It clear, that conflict resolution mechanism does three things: a) ensures information flow; b) secures fair treatment; and c) creates sustainable processes. Methods By ensuring a flow of information between parties, the regional institutions allow greater degrees of transparency and predictability in the relation between parties, and ultimately build up trust. In practice this may include designated lines of communication, e.g. a hotline between heads of water management authorities or standard operating procedures in times of emergency. Fair treatment is the main ingredient for achieving accountability among a group of actors. Fairness is a universal value with local expressions. In water management, agreed quotas may serve as a measure of fairness. Likewise, a third party arbiter or a joint public council appointed by all parties could invoke the level of objectiveness needed for parties to comply. Sustainable processes compatible with water security concept are keys to stability over time. By continuously providing a horizon with options, the parties within the transboundary basin invest resources and trust in this joint mechanism. When the mechanism towards water security will be self-financing and governed effectively, the incentives to participation will be inherent to the system and need no external inducement.
2011 IWRA - International Water Resources Association - - Admin