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Karen Stoll Farrell and Sumit Ganguly

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199467242

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199467242.001.0001

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Regional Integration and Its Discontents

Regional Integration and Its Discontents

The Case of Transboundary Water Sharing

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Douglas P. Hill

Oxford University Press

The harnessing of transboundary water resources has a long and troubled history in Himalayan Asia, both in South and Southeast Asia. However, the recent period has arguably changed the geo-strategic parameters in which such interconnectivity might take place and these changes are important to consider if we are to appreciate the role of hydropower development. In addition to India’s drawing closer to its neighbours, there has been a notable rise in new energy and infrastructure partnerships. In assessing how the economic, political, and environmental landscape for transboundary water has changed in recent years, the chapter argues that we need to analyze the costs and benefits of increasing interconnectivity and energy trading at multiple scales. The latter part of the chapter demonstrates how policymakers might harness existing initiatives and craft new processes, and in doing so, go some way towards balancing the competing objectives of many different groups in the region.

Keywords:   India, Southeast Asia, transboundary water, water resources, environment, hydropower, Northeast India, development

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