Water disputes arise from the local community scale through to the basin level involving multiple countries. Water disputes can arise over infrastructure development, upstream pollution, changes in international boundaries that subdivide basins, differences in water management methodology and approach, differences in capacity to engage in dialogue and negotiation, and differences in interpretation of international legal obligations.
Pacific Resolutions has extensive experience in the management of water conflicts and cooperative water governance both internationally and domestically.
Example: Central Asia transboundary water infrastructure development agreement negotiations (2014-2017)
Retained by the UN Department of Political Affairs, Pacific Resolutions has mediated discussions between Central Asian States on a framework treaty for transboundary water management. Thanks in part to our services, the states in question have increased their cooperation and are building towards such an agreement in spite of political, cultural, and geographical challenges.