Implementing International Watercourses Law Through the WEF NEXUS and SDGS: An Integrated Approach Illustrated in the Zambezi River Basin

Zeray Yihdego, Julie Gibson* (Corresponding Author)

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Abstract

International Watercourses Law (IWL) provides only a broad framework for States to follow and is ill-equipped to systematically consider the trade-offs of water use across multiple sectors such as energy and food. This gap could potentially be filled by turning to policy frameworks such as the Water-Energy-Food Nexus (WEF) and global development agendas, such as the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) which could add further substance to the vague provisions contained in IWL. This monograph will argue that utilising these three frameworks in an integrated manner, termed the Law, Nexus, Goals (LNG) approach, could aid riparian states and non-state actors in the consideration of competing water uses, thereby helping to resolve tensions and promote
cooperation among concerned states as demonstrated using the Zambezi River Basin (ZRB) as a case study.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-90
Number of pages88
JournalInternational Water Law
Volume5
Issue number3
Early online date17 Sep 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Sep 2020

Keywords

  • International watercourses law
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • water governance
  • water energy focus nexus
  • Zambezi basin

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