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Transboundary Water and Electricity Governance in mainland Southeast Asia: Linkages, Disjunctures and Implications

Middleton, Carl and Dore, John (2015). Transboundary Water and Electricity Governance in mainland Southeast Asia: Linkages, Disjunctures and Implications. International Journal of Water Governance,(1):93-120.

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Title Transboundary Water and Electricity Governance in mainland Southeast Asia: Linkages, Disjunctures and Implications
Author Middleton, Carl
Dore, John
Journal Name International Journal of Water Governance
Publication Date 2015
Issue Number 1
ISSN 2211-4491   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 93
End Page 120
Total Pages 28
Place of Publication Netherlands
Publisher Baltzer Science Publishers BV
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract In mainland Southeast Asia, plans for extensive hydropower development and regional power trade are increasingly underway with implications for transboundary water governance. This pa-per maps out the context, drivers, tools and arenas of water and electricity decision making, and examines the linkages and disjunctures between regional electricity and water governance frame-works. In the Lower Mekong Basin, transboundary water governance has been shaped by the intergovernmental Mekong River Commission. Meanwhile, planning of regional power trade is being shaped by the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) program. These regional institutions are founded upon and interact with national institutions, and are molded by historical circumstances, regional geopolitics, and present day development pathways. Linkages between electricity gov-ernance and water governance, whilst generally weak and replete with power asymmetries, are identified including Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment tools. Disjunctures include state sovereignty and limited overlapping actors between electricity and water governance arenas. We argue that furthering deliberative tools that build upon existing linkages could catalyze greater interaction and contestation within arenas, and thus closen inte-gration of regional water and electricity governance arrangements. The goal would be informed and democratized decision-making on meeting electricity demand whilst sustaining the multiple benefits that the region’s rivers’ provide.
Keywords Mekong River
Water Governance
Electricity Governance
Southeast Asia
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.7564/14-IJWG54   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
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