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6 Golden Gate U. Envtl. L.J. 259 (2012-2013)
Lawyers Write Treaties, Engineers Build Dikes, Gods of Weather Ignore Both: Making Transboundary Waters Agreements Relevant, Flexible, and Resilient in a Time of Global Climate Change

handle is hein.journals/gguelr6 and id is 281 raw text is: LAWYERS WRITE TREATIES,
ENGINEERS BUILD DIKES, GODS OF
WEATHER IGNORE BOTH: MAKING
TRANSBOUNDARY WATERS
AGREEMENTS RELEVANT, FLEXIBLE,
AND RESILIENT IN A TIME OF
GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
GLEN HEARNS & RICHARD KYLE PAISLEY*
I. INTRODUCTION
This Article identifies and critically reviews the importance of
adaptability and flexibility in treaties and institutional arrangements by
providing resilience in the face of the anticipated impact of climate
change on the good governance of international waters.' Building greater
*Glen Hearns and Richard Kyle Paisley, Global Transboundary International Waters Governance
Initiative, University of British Columbia, Institute for Asian Research, Vancouver, Canada. The
authors gratefully acknowledge the support and encouragement of a wide range of individuals and
institutions too numerous to mention by name, including through a Global Environment Facility
project entitled Good Practices and Portfolio Learning in GEF Transboundary Freshwater and
Marine Legal and Institutional Frameworks. This three-year multi-donor project is dedicated to
facilitating good governance and more effective decisionmaking in international waters through the
identification, collection, adaptation and replication of beneficial practices and lessons learned from
international experiences. The project also facilitates dialogue among individuals and organizations
engaged in governance within, and between, freshwater, groundwater and marine intemational
waters, with particular emphasis on South-South cooperation and learning. The key measurable
benefit of the project is in ensuring that various lessons learned from multi-country experiences,
including identification of areas where problems and delays are commonly experienced, are
assimilated by various target audiences in a meaningful way through experiential learning. These
target audiences include local water managers, governments,.civil society groups, academics, and the
portfolio of Global Environment Facility projects. The authors particularly gratefully acknowledge
the support, encouragement, and research skills of our colleague Taylor Henshaw, without which
this article would not have been possible.
I Six critical aspects of good governance are benefit sharing, information exchange,

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