• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Environmental Management & Development
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Daniel Connell
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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International Water Politics (EMDV8079)

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The world’s hydrological systems are under severe pressure from economic growth and climate change. The water crisis will intensify in coming decades as a result of population increase, rising levels of individual consumption and the political processes and governance failures that determine who will benefit most and who will pay the costs of competition and conflict. Participants in this course will gain an overview of the range of controversies involved in the world’s water conflicts and acquire a good understanding of a particular issue that they choose to research in depth. Subjects will include multi-level water governance, disputes about the building and operation of large dams, environmental sustainability, public participation, NGOs (international and national) the roles of donor governments and international organizations such as the World Bank, systems of water law, water markets, environmental refugees, climate change adaptation, international relations and different approaches to defining water security.

To place issues in a context and show how they compound and interact together each week will start by examining a particular hydrological system. The examples featured have been chosen to illustrate a wide variety of contested situations. Conflicts take many forms but problems with governance is a central theme. The Rhine, Colorado, Danube, Nile, Jordan, Euphrates, the Aral Sea, Ganges, Amazon, Yangtze, Mekong and Murray-Darling river systems as well as the vast groundwater basins of northern India, China and the high plains of the United States, are just a few examples of hydrological systems in decline because of poor governance.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2688 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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