Governance for Transboundary Freshwater Security

This course provides understandings of transboundary freshwater governance in theory and practice. Topics include transboundary freshwater security, international water law, water diplomacy, negotiations, institutions, management tools, and sustainable finance. Freshwater scarcity, stress, and crisis are increasing worldwide. More than a billion people live in water-scarce regions, and 3.5 billion could experience water scarcity by 2025. These pressures disproportionally affect vulnerable and marginalized people, including those living in poverty and displacement. Rising pollution levels accelerate the crisis by reducing water availability for human use and impacting aquatic life in rivers, lakes, aquifers, and the oceans.

Course syllabus:

  1. Introduction to transboundary water cooperation and water security

  2. Water diplomacy and negotiation skills

  3. International water law

  4. Institutions

  5. Management tools and mechanisms for governance of transboundary freshwater security

  6. Finance for transboundary water security

  7. Key learnings from the course and next steps