International river basin organizations, science, and hydrodiplomacy
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Sch Geog & Dev
Univ Arizona, Udall Ctr Studies Publ Policy
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PublisherELSEVIER SCI LTD
CitationMilman, A., & Gerlak, A. K. (2020). International river basin organizations, science, and hydrodiplomacy. Environmental Science & Policy, 107, 137-149. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2020.02.023
JournalENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & POLICY
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AbstractAs key venues for interaction and cooperation, international river basin organizations (IRBOs) are significant contributors to hydro-diplomacy in transboundary river basins. As part of their efforts to support hydrodiplomacy, IRBOs engage in the production and use of science. The manner in which that science is produced, and how it contributes to hydrodiplomacy, is not well understood. This paper examines the production and use of science by three IRBOs: the (US - Canada) International Joint Commission, the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River, and the Mekong River Commission. We find the science produced by the IRBOs to support hydrodiplomacy extends beyond measuring and monitoring to include more advanced and analytical forms of science. In producing science, we observe that the IRBOs balance considerations of capacity, ownership, and how the politics of the basin will influence the production and use of the science. Given the challenge of balancing across these considerations, future research is needed to determine what mechanisms and processes for producing science can best facilitate its use in hydrodiplomacy.
Note24 month embargo; published online: 5 March 2020
VersionFinal accepted manuscript