Managing transboundary wetlands: the Ramsar Convention as a means of ecological diplomacy

Griffin, Pamela J. and Ali, Saleem H. (2014) Managing transboundary wetlands: the Ramsar Convention as a means of ecological diplomacy. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 4 3: 230-239. doi:10.1007/s13412-014-0173-0

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Author Griffin, Pamela J.
Ali, Saleem H.
Title Managing transboundary wetlands: the Ramsar Convention as a means of ecological diplomacy
Journal name Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2190-6483
Publication date 2014-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s13412-014-0173-0
Volume 4
Issue 3
Start page 230
End page 239
Total pages 10
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Abstract Shared conservation projects, especially those involving water, can help build trust and confidence between bordering countries to build or maintain peace. The essential nature of water has brought countries such as Pakistan and India together to develop the Indus Water Treaty, a shared management plan. The Ramsar Convention is an international environmental agreement addressing wetland conservation with a key provision that acknowledges wetlands may transcend political boundaries. These are defined as transboundary wetlands. Shared management of these systems provides an opportunity to build trust among neighbors, hence the prospect for “ecological diplomacy.” Enlisting the scientific process into diplomacy can address issues of uncertainty related to hydrological resources and help create more resilient agreements. Prioritizing countries with Ramsar transboundary wetlands according to the Global Peace Index, which ranks countries according to their prospects for peace, reveals participating countries with the greatest need for peacebuilding. With over 40 years of experience, the Convention has built a significant measure of international trust, though it often operates “under the radar.” This is an underutilized diplomatic opportunity. A more proactive approach to transboundary wetland conservation can provide new diplomatic energy to help end conflicts and build peace.
Keyword Wetlands
Ramsar Convention
Environmental treaty
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Tue, 20 Jan 2015, 09:00:21 EST by Saleem Ali on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies