Collaborative assessment and management of transboundary aquifers in North America Public Deposited

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  • The Law of Transboundary Aquifers, introduced to the United Nations General Assembly in December 2008, encourages nations to make multilateral arrangements for the proper management of transboundary aquifers. This study seeks to answer the question: “What are the main challenges for successful collaboration in assessing and managing Transboundary Aquifer Systems (TAS) in North America?” The study follows an analytical assessment of four different aquifers in the area: the Santa Cruz River Aquifer, the Chateauguay River Aquifer, the Memphis Sand Aquifer, and the Snake Valley groundwater development project. Each case was analyzed to determine the sources of conflict, and the challenges that impede successful collaboration. The study found that asymmetries in institutions, values, goals, and power are common in the area, and they hinder the collaboration process. Assessment and management of TAS in North America is characterized by a lack of agreement on the conceptual models and characterization of the aquifers. This failure to collaborate on assessing the TAS is a fueled by conflicting goals, lack of incentives to cooperate, and a fear of compromise. A collaborative conceptual model can reduced the uncertainties associated with groundwater. If the aquifer States can reach an agreement on the conceptual model of the aquifer; they can manage it independently in accordance with the principles of the Law of Transboundary Aquifers.
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