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Sustainable Development
“Cross-border environmental peace” in development contexts: the convergence of peace with de-territorialized development
[es] Paz ambiental transfronteriza» como interacción de normas regionales y poder local: Lecciones desde análisis y debates transregionales sobre seguridad hídrica
Koff, Harlan mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Identités, Politiques, Sociétés, Espaces (IPSE) >]
Maganda, Carmen [INECOL]
Conde, Gilberto [COLMEX]
Revista de Paz y Conflictos
Cross-border Environmental Peace» as the Interaction of Regional Norms and Local Power: Lessons from Cross-Regional Analysis of Water Security Debates
[en] sustainable development ; water ; environmental justice
[en] This article contends that notions of «peace» and «justice» in cross-border water management
vary in different world regions. Moreover, it argues that «peace» and «justice» can be explained
by analyzing the interaction between «regional» interpretations and implementation of water
security norms and local cross-border power structures. «Regional water security» is defined as
the normative commitment to provide necessary water resources to communities within world
regions. «Power,» which is defined traditionally as «the ability of actors to obtain their objectives
despite opposition» is viewed as a function of political entrepreneurialism and opportunity
This article derives from a review of the pertinent literatures on «water security» and «water
justice,» the two elements of «water peace» as well as scholarship on cross-border water management in different world regions. It discusses water governance within the framework of
cross-border politics and comparative regional integration. It also includes analysis of the policy
documents and websites of seventeen regional organizations as well as interviews with key actors
and local experts on water management in specific cross-border case studies. The article is
divided into five sections. Following this introduction, part two examines «water security» and
«water justice» in international affairs. Part III then discusses «power» in cross-border water governance debates and addresses the transnational face of water security discussions. Part IV presents a comparative examination of cross-border «water justice» in selected world regions which is followed by theoretical considerations that are addressed in part V, the conclusion. In general, the article emphasizes the need to promote comparative cross-regional research on cross-border water governance in order to examine how «peace,» «security» and «justice» are framed in debates over water resources.

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