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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, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 24 June 2021

Rivers — Water — Indigenous peoples — Sustainable development — Natural resources

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

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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