oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - Towards an internationalisation of the Zambezi River Regime: the role of international law in the common management of an international watercourse

Volume 25, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



More than ever before, states are becoming aware of the need not only to employ the waters of their watercourses to the fullest economic benefit but, where such a watercourse is shared by other states, to do so in conjunction and consultation with other interested parties. Only in this way can potentially explosive international disputes be avoided. The emergence of international riparian organisations on the African continent over the last two decades or so is an indication of this awareness. As will be shown in this discussion, this thinking informs the current efforts by the eight Southern African states lying within the Zambezi River Basin towards the creation of a joint international authority to oversee their common utilisation and management of the resources of the basin, and the conclusion of an international con version in this regard. The article includes a proposed Convention based on the signed Agreement on the Action Plan for the Environmentally Sound Management of the Common Zambezi River System.

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