POWI’s work addresses issues arising in boundary and transboundary waters, including allocations, diversions and management.
The Program on Water Issues is pleased to release Protocols for Adaptive Water Governance: The Future of the Columbia River Treaty. The paper, by international treaty experts Nigel Bankes from the University of Calgary and Barbara Cosens from the University of Idaho, explores how flexibility can be achieved within the existing Treaty or outside of it. Through the lens of adaptive water governance, the authors examine existing models from both international and domestic agreements to identify legal mechanisms that allow for flexibility and adaptive capacity in transboundary water agreements. A summary document is also available. Common Cause: Building Flexibility into the Columbia River Treaty provides a summary of the findings in the paper, highlighting five of the models studied. The summary document, Common Cause: Building Flexibility into the Columbia River Treaty can be downloaded here. The full paper, Protocols for Adaptive Water Governance: The Future of the Columbia River Treaty is available here.View ▸
Interesting times lie ahead for the Columbia River Treaty (CRT) of 1964 between Canada and the United States. Click here to read more from the recent blog post written by Nigel Bankes, University of Calgary Faculty of Law.View ▸
Legal scholars, Nigel Bankes and Barbara Cosens examine the degree of flexibility available under international law and the domestic laws of the United States and Canada for the parties to negotiate and implement possible future legal arrangements for the Columbia River Basin.View ▸
The report of the June 28, 2012 Bilateral University Legal Workshop on the Future of the Columbia River Treaty.View ▸
An examination of transboundary local agreements on water among transboundary communities along the Canada/US border which allow border communities to share water supplies and infrastructure.View ▸