Upper San Pedro Basin: Fostering collaborative binational watershed management

Anne Browning-Aiken, Holly Richter, David Goodrich, Bob Strain, Robert Varady

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Successful binational planning and management of water resources is a complex process dependent on informed decision-making across diverse economic, social and political sectors. Additional technical and scientific information is often required as a part of this process. A critical factor in this process is how effectively social and physical scientists can help build collaboration and trust among stakeholders, water and land managers, and policy-makers. Within the international San Pedro River Basin, disparities between Mexico and the USA regarding economic development and political orientation, combined with a highly variable and complex physical setting, suggest that the successful engagement of scientists with communities and stakeholders will be essential for addressing challenges in water management. Based upon concepts associated with collective action theory, adaptive management and conflict resolution, the present paper proposes a process for fostering collaborative binational water management in basins such as the San Pedro that span international borders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-367
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Water Resources Development
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Water Science and Technology


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