International Collaboration on Water Systems in Asia and the Pacific: A Case of Transition

In International Review for Environmental Strategies (IRES) Volume3 Number2 (Winter 2002)
Peer-reviewed Article

Basin countries of the lower Mekong River established the Mekong River Commission in 1995, replacing the former Mekong Committee created in 1957. At a glance, the role of the former resembles the latter, while the political and societal situation nowadays has provided quite a different set of mandates. In this paper, the changes observed and the reasons behind them are identified by examining the evolution of the collaborative schemes adopted by the riparian states. The findings illustrate how an international water system can be managed, in practice, through collaboration among basin countries under the prevalent socio-economic settings in Asia and the Pacific region.

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Mikiyasu Nakayama