Protocols for Adaptive Water Governance: The Future of the Columbia River Treaty

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.