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Euroconsult/BMB Mott MacDonald Dealing with increasing water conflicts through alternative dispute resolution Add to my selection
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Author(s) D.L. Vermillion
Year 2008
Publisher Euroconsult/BMB Mott MacDonald
Place Arnhem
Pages 4
Series title Innovation Brief on International Development Services
Serial number 4
Organization Euroconsult/BMB Mott MacDonald
Subject Environment and Natural Resources
Keyword water, natural resources, conflict prevention
Abstract Rising urbanization, denser populations, diversifying economies, multiplying uses of water, global climate change, rising competition for water, and rising water scarcity are all making water conflicts become increasingly pervasive, frequent and intense. Courts often lack expertise in water disputes and they may be too slow and unreliable. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a less formal, less costly, and more participatory process for resolving disputes than is adjudication through formal legal channels. It has the advantages of being flexible, voluntary, and under partial control of stakeholders. It tends to push disputants into becoming partners in creating solutions. Adopting Alternative Dispute Resolution for water conflicts may require the following initial steps: 1. assessment of the need for ADR in the water sector of a particular country; 2. pilot adoption of ADR at basin or administrative level; 3. pilot adoption of ADR at canal or local level; and 4. preparation of a long-term strategy.
Language English
Category General
Document type Report
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