Project title: Water Diplomacy: Making Water Cooperation Work; Technical support for the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna (GBM) region case-study (WADI)
Location: China, Bhutan, India and Bangladesh
Duration: 2015 – 2016
Project background: The Hague Institute for Global Justice, of the Netherlands, participated as trainers for hydro-diplomacy activities under the ‘Ecosystems for Life (E4L): A Bangladesh-India Initiative’ project of IUCN in 2014. The collaboration extended to this project that entails a comparative analysis of tools used in multi-track diplomacy and peace processes.
Where the key research question focuses on ‘how can participatory and diplomatic interventions successfully be applied to build trust amongst all stakeholders and reach a mutually accepted agreement and sustainable implementation?’, the project aims to identify a Zone of Possible Agreement (ZOPA), and where possible, to create ownership and commitment from basin stakeholders for follow-up activities related to the ZOPA.
The approach is to undertake state-of-the-art research, actively facilitate stakeholder dialogues, and train facilitators. The methodology will include in-depth confidential interviews with the key stakeholders in these processes on the factors influencing successful cooperation.
Objectives of the project: The project aims to develop a Legal and Political Economy Framework (LPEF) for understanding effective trans-boundary water cooperation that could be applied in the Brahmaputra river basin (China, Bhutan, India and Bangladesh) to gain more insight in legal, economic and institutional power dynamics across borders.
- Country reports on baseline and landscape mapping for each of the mentioned countries
- One regional report for the Brahmaputra basin region (the LPEF)
- Two multi-stakeholder regional dialogues on the findings of those reports
Donor: The Hague Institute for Global Justice, the Netherlands