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Africa's International Rivers : An Economic Perspective

ACCESS TO WATER ADMINISTRATIVE CAPACITY AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION AQUIFERS ARID REGIONS ARTIFICIAL GROUNDWATER ARTIFICIAL GROUNDWATER RECHARGE BOREHOLES CANALS CIVIL SOCIETY CLIMATIC VARIABILITY CONSTRUCTION DAMS DRAINAGE DROUGHT DROUGHTS ENGINEERING ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT EVAPORATION FISH SPECIES FISHING FLOODING FLOODPLAINS FLOODS FOOD PRODUCTION FRESHWATER FRESHWATER RESOURCES GROUNDWATER GROUNDWATER QUALITY HUMAN SETTLEMENTS HYDROLOGIC CYCLE HYDROLOGY INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT INTERNATIONAL RIVER BASINS INTERNATIONAL RIVERS INTERNATIONAL WATER INTERNATIONAL WATER RESOURCES IRRIGATION IRRIGATION CANALS LAKES LAND DEGRADATION MANAGEMENT OF WATER MANAGING WATER RESOURCES MUNICIPAL UTILITIES NAVIGATION REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT RESERVOIRS RIPARIAN RIPARIAN COUNTRIES RIPARIAN STATES RIVER BASIN RIVER BASIN MANAGEMENT RIVER BASINS RIVER FLOW RIVER SYSTEM RIVERS RUNOFF SCARCE WATER SCARCE WATER RESOURCES STORAGE CAPACITY SURFACE WATER TREATIES VARIABLE RAINFALL WATER AVAILABILITY WATER FLOWS WATER MANAGEMENT WATER RESOURCES WATER RIGHTS WATER SCARCITY WATER SOURCES WATER STORAGE WATER SUPPLY WATER TABLE WATER USE WATER USE PATTERNS WATER UTILITIES WATER WORKS WATERS WETLANDS INTERNATIONAL RIVERS ECONOMIC OUTLOOK POPULATION ECONOMICS POPULATION DYNAMICS ECONOMIC GROWTH NATURAL RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE RIPARIAN ECOLOGY RIPARIAN RIGHTS ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COOPERATIVE ARRANGEMENTS WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT WATER MANAGEMENT
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Washington, DC: World Bank
Africa | Africa
2013-08-19T19:20:45Z | 2013-08-19T19:20:45Z | 2002

Cooperative management, and development of Africa's international rivers holds real promise for greater sustainability, and productivity of the continent's increasingly scarce water resources, and fragile environment. Moreover, the potential benefits of cooperative water resources management, can serve as catalysts for broader regional cooperation, economic integration, and development - and even conflict prevention. But riparians will pursue joint action only when they expect to receive greater benefits through cooperation than through unilateral action. Economic analysis can be used to make the case for cooperation on international rivers, using tools that will help identify, and measure the potential incremental benefits of cooperation, determine the distribution of benefits among riparians, and assess the feasibility, and fairness of alternative management, and investment scenarios. Where such schemes yield benefit distributions, not perceived as equitable among riparians, economic tools could also be used to calculate, design, and implement arrangements for redistribution. In all of these ways, economics can play an important role in enabling the management of international rivers, helping to motivate, design, and implement cooperative water resources management.

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