Transboundary Water Resources: Environmental Governance, USA-Mexico

The Water (WAT) Program helped develop comparative approaches to the environmental governance of transboundary water resources along Rio Grande/Río Bravo Basin and the Colorado River Basin, which forms the national border between the United States and Mexico.

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The project was part of postdoctoral work carried out by IIASA Colosio Fellow, Luzma Fabiola Nava, to design policy directions to adapt water management mechanisms and foster stakeholder involvement across the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo River, considered to be the most endangered river in North America. Competing perspectives and interests on water management and environmental protection are being taken into account in the research [1].

A qualitative methodology based on different frameworks of transboundary water resources management and governance structure was evaluated in 2014. The work focused on assessing governance and sustainable development based on Water Governance Indicators of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


[1] Nava LF, Sandoval-Solis S (2014). “Multi-tiered Governance of the Rio Grande/Bravo Basin: The Fragmented Water Resources Management Model of the United States and Mexico”, International Journal of Water Governance, IJWG, Vol. 2., No. 1, pp. 85-106. Baltzer Science Publishers, DOI: 10.7564/13-IJWG23.


University of California, Davis, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, USA

New Mexico State University (NMSU), Department of Geography, USA

Université Laval, Geography Department and Political Sciences Department, Canada

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