International Waters in Southern Africa

Sample Chapter
  • Edited Mikiyasu Nakayama

    ISBN-10: 92-808-1077-4,
    ISBN-13: 978-92-808-1077-6
    United Nations University Press
    May 2003

    Sharing of water resources among basin countries is a major topic of discussion for those responsible for managing international water systems. Planned water transfer schemes can result in dispute, both in environmental and security contexts. The first transboundary transfer of water occurred in the Southern African region, between Lesotho and South Africa. With a large disparity in availability of water between the relatively wet northern part of the region and the drier south, Southern Africa is one of the world’s most critical regions in terms of water management.

    Mikiyasu Nakayama was involved in the establishment of a basin-wide management scheme for the Zambezi river system. Political complexities led to many difficulties in the development of the action plan. In the region’s new political setting, all countries can now participate in discussions on an equal footing. This change may be interpreted as an opportunity for greater participation, or as the dangerous empowerment of self interest. International Waters in Southern Africa examines both the risks and opportunities for water management in this new political environment.

    Mikiyasu Nakayama is the Associate Dean and Professor of the United Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan.

    Introduction: Opportunities and Risks ・Water Projects on International Rivers in Southern Africa ・The Role of Public Participation and Access to Information in the management of Transboundary Watercourses ・Transboundary Freshwater Treaties: Global Experience and Implications for Southern Africa ・Institutional Aspects of International Water System Management ・Building the Bridge Between Decision Support tools and Decision Making: The Case of the Zambesi River ・An Overview of the Hydro political Dynamics of the Orange River basin ・The Search for an Equitable Basis for Water Sharing in the Okavango River ・Hydro-Politics and the Quest of the Zambesi River Basin Organization ・Cooperation and Joint Development in International Water Resources: The Case of the Limpopo and Orange River Basins in Southern Africa ・Interaction and Existing Constraints in International River Basins: The Case of the Kunene River Basin ・Catalyzing Cooperative Water Resource Management in the Southern African Region.

    Mikiyasu Nakayama ・Piet Heyns ・Carl Bruch ・Meredith A. Giordano ・Aaron T. Wolf ・Kazimierz A. Salewicz ・Anthony Turton ・Peter Ashton ・Munyaradzi Chenje ・Abdullahi Elmi Mohamed ・Richard Meissner ・Zafar Adeel ・Thomas Ballatore