Water Diplomacy

Water Diplomacy, especially as regards transboundary water resources, has emerged as a challenge to conventional models and approaches to the management of shared water resources.  The traditional approach (often described as Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) assumes that water is a fixed resource and emphasizes reliance on technical or expert analysis to set priorities.  The Water Diplomacy Framework treats water as a flexible resource (because it can be reused and readily transformed) which offers mutual gain rather than zero-sum negotiating opportunities.