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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Zambezi River

George (Rock) Pring, Katie Allison

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 15 December 2018

Subject(s):
Rivers — Water — Indigenous peoples — Sustainable development — Natural resources

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The Zambezi River is one of the world’s great international watercourses , the largest river in southern Africa and ‘the most shared resource’ in the region (Mafuta). Thus far, the sharing has been done without a comprehensive treaty governing international regulation of the use of water ( Water, International Regulation of the Use of ) . Water development in the basin has chiefly involved ‘national single-purpose projects [which] have rarely taken into consideration the interests of other users or countries or the consequential environmental impacts’ (Hoekstra...
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