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2. INTRANATIONAL WATERS The second set of security issues occur at the sub-national level. T. WOLF the pitfalls of this approach, often by showing how different subsets of actors relate very different “meanings” to water. In reality, water is often treated as a security issue, a gift of nature, or a focal point for local society, rather than a basic environmental input. That said, disputes must be understood as more than simply over quantity, but also over conflicting attitudes, meanings, and contexts.

1. NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR NEGOTIATION AND MANAGEMENT The OSU dataset of political conflict and cooperation mentioned earlier goes back to 1948. While water management still retains many characteristics of the past, some fundamental aspects are profoundly different. Institutions are getting better and more resilient, management and understanding are improving, and water-related issues are increasingly pressing matters for global and local decision makers. Most importantly, however, the 21st century has access to vast new technologies which could not be dreamed of in 1948, contributing substantially to the ability both to negotiate and to manage transboundary waters more effectively.

The cost was enormous, and consequently led to conflict over compensation and responsibility among the river’s users. Although negotiations led to a peaceful solution in this case, without such a framework for dispute resolution, siltation problems can lead to upstream/ downstream disputes such as those in the Lempa River basin in Central America (Lopez, 2004). 2. Prognosis for the future As we move into the future, it stands to reason that each of these exacerbating factors – quantity, quality, and timing – will only become more difficult to manage.

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