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Quantifying and Simplifying the 1997 UNWC’s Guidelines to Mitigate Hegemony in Transboundary Watercourse Negotiations

DOI: 10.4236/jwarp.2023.155013, PP. 215-228

Keywords: Orontes River, Assi River, Transboundary Watercourses, Equitable and Reasonable Utilization, 1997 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses, Lebanon-Syria Relations

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The 1997 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses (UNWC) contains a negotiation framework for transboundary water rights. However, it is a subjective document open to a wide range of possibilities and interpretations. Water Rights Allocations (WRAs) as described by Dinar and Nigatu (2013) and Dinar and Tsur (2017) provide a limited number of quantifiable allocation possibilities based on the UNWC. It is suggested that this methodology streamlines the negotiation process and reduces the effects of hydro hegemony. These methodologies are explored and applied through a case study on the Orontes River Basin.


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