Rhine Case Study

Summary

Experience with conflicts and cooperation in the Rhine basin proves the usefulness of river basin organizations.

 

The major Rhine basin organizations deal with only one specific aspect of the river. The most important organizations are described, with their legal background, their tasks and duties, and their development.

The theoretical aspects of conflict prevention and resolution are illustrated with water-related conflicts along the river Rhine. These cases deal with flooding, navigation, fisheries, water pollution, salt discharge, and accidental spills.

Special emphasis is placed on the possibilities and implementation of public participation in water management.

The lessons learned indicate, that a sound technical scientific cooperation strongly supports the basis for transboundary water management policy.

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