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Conflict and Cooperation on the Scheldt River Basin

A Case Study of Decision Making on International Scheldt Issues between 1967 and 1997


Part of the Environment & Policy book series (ENPO, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction, Theory, and Case Study Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sander V. Meijerink
      Pages 3-12
    3. Sander V. Meijerink
      Pages 13-44
    4. Sander V. Meijerink
      Pages 45-54
  3. The Scheldt Case

  4. Conclusions, Recommendations, and Final Discussion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Sander V. Meijerink
      Pages 227-246
    3. Sander V. Meijerink
      Pages 247-260
    4. Sander V. Meijerink
      Pages 261-265
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 267-361

About this book


More than 200 major river basins are shared by two or more countries and, together, these basins account for about 60% of the earth's land area, constituting a significant portion of the world's fresh water resources. They are thus both a significant asset to the nations sharing them, as well as a potential source of conflict. This book presents a generic framework for the analysis of decision making on international river issues. It emphasises the strategic character of the interactions between the basin states and addresses learning and institutionalization processes, taking account of the influence of the context on the decision making process.
The case of the river Scheldt covers negotiations on the Belgian-Dutch water conventions covering a number of international issues relating to the river basins of the Scheldt and the Meuse, such as construction projects aimed at improving the maritime access to the port of Antwerp, the maintenance of the navigation channel in the Western Scheldt, pollution of the waters in the two rivers, and the distribution of water from the Meuse.
The final part of the book contains a typology of strategies for the solution of upstream-downstream problems in international river basins.
Audience: All those interested in international water and environmental management, international negotiations and politics, and public policy.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Delft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Conflict and Cooperation on the Scheldt River Basin
  • Book Subtitle A Case Study of Decision Making on International Scheldt Issues between 1967 and 1997
  • Authors S.V. Meijerink
  • Series Title Environment & Policy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-5650-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-5194-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-015-9200-0
  • Series ISSN 1383-5130
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 361
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Environmental Management
    Political Science
    Social Sciences, general
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