No broad-based international agreement on sharing rivers currently exists, even though much of the world depends on water from rivers that flow through more than one nation.
But that may be about to change, as two separate global river treaties are close to being approved.
by fred pearce
Is peace about to break out on the world’s rivers?
It is amazing that until now there has been no global agreement on sharing international rivers. From the Mekong to the Jordan and the Niger to the Euphrates, there has been nothing to stop upstream countries from building giant dams that cut off all flows downstream. Yet in the coming weeks we could have two such treaties.