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Contribution to Pollution Prevention of Transboundary Water Resources
Author: Komlan Sangbana
In African Basin Management Organizations - Contribution to Pollution Prevention of Transboundary Water Resources, Komlan Sangbana highlights how the protection of water resources and their ecosystems has become a key focus of basin organizations in Africa. The development, adoption and implementation of pollution control standards by basin organizations have widened the remit and greatly strengthened the role of these institutions. As such, basin organizations have become central actors in the domain of African regional law for the protection of freshwater resources. This monograph analyses the variety of functions and tasks that have been entrusted to African basin organizations to prevent pollution damage and provides some avenues for strengthening the work they perform to protect river systems.
In: Natural Resources Grabbing: An International Law Perspective
Author: Komlan Sangbana

Abstract

In Africa, basin organizations are almost indispensable mechanisms for any attempt to achieve the sustainable protection of transboundary water resources. Indeed, transboundary freshwater pollution is a growing concern at the African transboundary basin level. In this context, African basin organizations play a central role in the protection of transboundary water resources and their ecosystems. In order to prevent pollution damage and protect water resources, basin institutions have been entrusted with a variety of functions and tasks in the formation and implementation of pollution control standards. This monograph explores and highlights the increasingly important role of basin organizations in this area and provides some avenues for strengthening the work they perform to protect river systems.

In: Brill Research Perspectives in International Water Law
Author: Komlan Sangbana

Abstract

In Africa, basin organizations are almost indispensable mechanisms for any attempt to achieve the sustainable protection of transboundary water resources. Indeed, transboundary freshwater pollution is a growing concern at the African transboundary basin level. In this context, African basin organizations play a central role in the protection of transboundary water resources and their ecosystems. In order to prevent pollution damage and protect water resources, basin institutions have been entrusted with a variety of functions and tasks in the formation and implementation of pollution control standards. This monograph explores and highlights the increasingly important role of basin organizations in this area and provides some avenues for strengthening the work they perform to protect river systems.

In: African Basin Management Organizations

Abstract

This chapter examines the multifaceted role of basin commissions. Departing from the observation that such commissions were originally established as a forum for dialogue and cooperation, the authors consider how this function has evolved over time to include the resolution of disputes around water resources and, more generally, the maintenance of international peace and security. This may take the form of a dedicated dispute settlement mechanism or of information sharing processes which may help diffuse a conflict. Moreover, the chapter seeks to understand how these new functions fit with existing international dispute settlement fora such as the International Court of Justice. Taking the Lake Chad Basin Commission as a case study, the authors go on to consider how a particular basin commission has dealt with the maintenance of peace and security in response to the threat of terrorism. In this context, the chapter focuses on the specific institutional developments made within that commission as well as the challenges it faced and continues to face.

In: A Bridge over Troubled Waters