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WORKSHOP: Conflict and cooperation among nations sharing water resources

2011-1-25 (Tue) 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

In areas where several nations share territory in a river basin, wars over water have long been fought. As competition for water resources shared by several nations becomes more severe, tensions among such nations will predictably increase. Prominent world figures are predicting that "water wars" will characterize the 21st century. Behind such predictions is the fact that in the Middle East, water resources are intrinsically linked to the security of the region and individual nations in it. Moreover, in areas with little or no rainfall, conflict among nations sharing a water basin becomes much more likely. Similarly, one can easily find examples here and there in history where countries downstream have criticized the highhandedness of the country upstream.

However, currently social and economic exchange takes place in many parts of the world and it is not always true that the country upstream is high-handed in its dealings with those downstream. Therefore, while cooperation among nations sharing a river basin was often unthinkable in the past, now it is expected in some regions. Actually, international organizations such as the United Nations are expected to function as mechanisms to resolving such conflicts. Consider, for example, the recent progress in cross-border environmental assessment and rulings handed down by the International Court of Justice regarding conflicts over the Uruguay River [Río Uruguay]. International organizations are clearly playing an important role in forming a framework for cooperation among nations that share water resources.

Sponsored by: Global Collaboration Center, Osaka University, Joint research "Basic Research and Network Construction for Water Quality Protection and the Sustainability of Local Communities in International River Basins originating in Tibet", Osaka University Center for Environmental Innovation

Date: 2011-1-25 (Tue) 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Seminar Room, 1st F, Incubation Bldg. (A Bldg.), Center for Advanced Science and Innovation, Suita Campus
Registration: Registration in advance is not necessary. There is no fee for attending.
Contact: Global Collaboration Center (GLOCOL)

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