Unraveling transboundary water security in the arid Americas

Tamee R. Albrecht, Robert G. Varady, Adriana A. Zuniga-Teran, Andrea K. Gerlak, Rafael Routson De Grenade, América Lutz-Ley, Facundo Martín, Sharon B. Megdal, Francisco Meza, Diego Ocampo Melgar, Nicolás Pineda, Facundo Rojas, Rossi Taboada, Bram Willems

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Transboundary waters are characterized by diverse and complex socio-politico-economic obstacles to effective water management. We examine five distinct cases in the arid Americas–in locations from the US–Mexico border to the Andes mountains–employing water security as a conceptual prism to unravel the multiple and varied attributes of transboundary water challenges. We describe how borders complicate water security in arid regions and explore how institutional arrangements and practices–within and across jurisdictions–respond to these challenges. We find that institutional capacity is needed on multiple levels for effective water management, and institutions must be responsive and flexible to change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1075-1113
Number of pages39
JournalWater International
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 17 2018


  • Arid regions
  • climate
  • institutions
  • the Americas
  • transboundary
  • water security

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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