WaterTalk: Water management in the US-Mexico Rio Grande Region: Applying governance indicators to the surface water-groundwater conundrumExport this event to calendar

Friday, November 20, 2020 — 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

As part of the Water Institute's WaterTalks lecture series, Debora Van Nijnatten, professor of Political Science and North American Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, presents, "Water management in the US-Mexico Rio Grande Region: Applying governance indicators to the surface water-groundwater conundrum."

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Despite considerable effort, the governance system in the Rio Grande/Bravo basin is not able to meet the water demands generated by intensive agricultural operations, growing urban populations and industrial activities. The binational regime allocates surface waters but has relatively few mechanisms for regulating the intensive use of groundwater resources on both sides of the border. Yet, warmer conditions due to climate change are likely to further constrain surface waters, lessen natural groundwater recharge and incentivize increased pumping. This lecture examines the capacity of the transboundary water governance architecture to adapt and respond to these challenges, in particular reflecting on how water governance indicators can serve as a diagnostic tool to locate governance gaps and uncover possibilities for integrated surface water-groundwater governance on the Rio Grande/Bravo.

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debrahDebora L. Van Nijnatten is Professor, Political Science and North American Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, Associate Faculty in the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and Research Partner with the Great Lakes Policy Research Network. Her research and publications have focused on transboundary environmental governance in North America. Her current research focuses on the design and application of indicators for assessing the performance of transboundary institutions and networks aimed at managing scarce water resources.


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