Global Water Governance in the 21st Century

Global Water Governance in the 21st Century

Published: July 2013

Authors: Heather Cooley, Newsha Ajami, Mai-Lan Ha, Veena Srinivasan, Jason Morrison, Kristina Donnelly, and Juliet Christian-Smith

Pages: 43

Global Water Governance in the 21st Century


Growing pressure on global water resources is having major impacts on our social, economic, and environmental well-being. Water governance processes facilitate interaction and dialogue among key players, both formal and informal, for setting standards and objectives and resolving disputes.

Despite growing recognition that the world’s water-related challenges extend beyond national and regional boundaries, there has been scant discussion of global water governance that looks more holistically at shared water challenges. This report identifies major concerns and offers recommendations for how water governance can be improved at the global scale, in an increasingly interconnected world.

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