- Sustainable development — Climate change — Canals — Rivers — Pollution — Boundaries
This chapter examines the ways in which the UN Watercourses Convention can contribute to international environmental law and how international environmental law might complement the Convention, noting that environmental protection is present in almost every provision of the document. It first places the Convention in the context of the broader development of international environmental law before discussing the key environmental concepts and principles that the Convention adopts, as well as those principles of international environmental law that may be taken into account when interpreting the provisions of the Convention. In particular, it considers an ecosystem approach in the Convention, the issue of transboundary harm, pollution control and prevention, and sustainable development. The chapter concludes with an analysis of the interplay between the UN Watercourses Convention and other environmental agreements such as the climate change regime, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, and the UNECE Water Convention.
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