Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/63273
Authors: 
Fox, Coleen
Sneddon, Chris
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
Research Paper, UNU-WIDER, United Nations University (UNU) 2005/20
Abstract: 
In river basins around the world, formal agreements based on international watercourse law are seen as important mechanisms for promoting sustainability and cooperation. While such agreements have been effective in avoiding conflict between states in the short-term, success at the international scale can, paradoxically, undermine the foundations of ecological and social sustainability at the local scale, thereby threatening long-term stability. To investigate reasons for this problematic, cross-scale institutional interplay, the paper draws on a case study from the Mekong lowlands, a common pool resource upon which millions of people depend for their livelihoods.
Subjects: 
Mekong River Basin
common pool resource
international watercourse law
flood pulse
JEL: 
Q17
Q56
ISBN: 
9291906999
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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