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24 Ind. Int'l & Comp. L. Rev. 203 (2014)
If You Can't Measure It, You Can't Manage It: Transboundary Waters, Good Governance and Data & Information Sharing & Exchange

handle is hein.journals/iicl24 and id is 221 raw text is: IF YOU CAN'T MEASURE IT, YOU CAN'T MANAGE
IT: TRANSBOUNDARY WATERS, GOOD
GOVERNANCE AND DATA & INFORMATION
SHARING & EXCHANGE
Richard K. Paisley and Taylor W. Henshaw
I. INTRODUCTION
In governing transboundary waters it is critical to establish and
maintain exchange agreements and networks for data and information
sharing among stakeholder basin states and institutions. This practice
maximizes securitization by building trust, which translates to unified and
adaptive governance of transboundary waters. Data and information
sharing is considered a precondition for data integration, joint modeling,
and common monitoring protocols' and is also widely seen as a basis or
1. Global Transboundary International Waters Governance Initiative, University of
British Columbia IAR, Vancouver, Canada V6T 1Z2. The authors gratefully acknowledge
the support and encouragement of a wide range of individuals and institutions obtained
through a Global Environment Facility (GEF) project entitled Good Practices and Portfolio
Learning in GEF Transboundary Freshwater and Marine Legal and Institutional
Frameworks. This three-year multi-donor project was dedicated to facilitating good
governance and more effective decision making in international waters through the
identification, collection, adaptation, and replication of beneficial practices and lessons
learned from international experiences. The project also facilitated dialogue among
individuals and organizations engaged in governance within, and between, freshwater,
groundwater and marine international waters with particular emphasis on South-South
cooperation and learning. The key measurable benefit of the project is 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. See Legal Frameworks, INTERNATIONAL
WATERS LEARNING EXCHANGE & RESOURCE NETWORK, http://iwlearn.net/publications/legal-
frameworks (last visited Jan. 5, 2014, archived at http://perma.cc/LD98-HCUN). This paper
draws in part on materials originally researched and prepared in 2009 by Richard Kyle
Paisley and Dr. Abdulkarim Seid for the Water Resources Planning and Management
(WRPM) division of the Nile Basin Initiative.
2. UN WATER TASK FORCE ON TRANSBOUNDARY WATERS, TRANSBOUNDARY WATERS:
SHARING   BENEFITS,  SHARING  RESPONSIBILITIES  3,  10  (2008),  archived  at
http://perma.cc/CZH3-CJPJ; see generally Andrea K. Gerlak et al., Water Resources Data
and Information Exchange in Transboundary Water Treaties, 11 INT'L ENVTL.
AGREEMENTS: POL., L., & EcoN. 179 (2011); see also UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL,
SCIENTIFIC CULTURAL ORGANIZATION (UNESCO), UNITED NATIONS WORLD WATER
DEVELOPMENT REPORT 3: WATER IN A CHANGING WORLD (2009), available at
http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0018/001819/181993e.pdf.
3. See generally B.C. Karkkainen, Managing Transboundary Aquatic Ecosystems:
Lessons from the Great Lakes, 19 PAC. MCGEORGE GLOBAL BUS. & DEv. L.J. 209 (2006);
see generally G.T. Raadgever et al., Assessing Management Regimes in Transboundary

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