Transboundary Rivers and Water Diplomacy in the South Caucasus


Gas-politics and Hydro-politics in 21st century have been incorporated into Petro-politics which defined the policies in the cold war period. That state highlights the Hydro-geopolitics of the South Caucasus.

First and foremost, step to render regional stability sustainable is building confidence, and implementing policies which are to ratchet up international co-operation and interdependency.

Single country oriented management of water resources does not solve the problems of the transboundary water resource management in the South Caucasus region. It needs an innovative water-politics at the basin level can address the environmental and social-economic development needs in the region.

The region’s economic, political, and security dynamics are closely tied to its hydropolitics. The Kura-Aras River Basin is the largest in the South Caucasus, and its water resources underpin the development of all sectors of the economy. Freshwater shortages are characteristic of the South Caucasus. Additionally, the quality of water in the Kura and Aras Rivers is low due to pollution. A significant lack of trust and technical know-how in the region, as well as an asymmetry in resources available for environmental protection, are main obstacles to cooperation.

We wish that this report would contribute to regional peace and stability.


Executive Board of Hydropolitics Academy

Citation.YILDIZ.D.,2017 Transboundary Rivers and Water Diplomacy in the South Caucasus. Report No: 10 Hydropolitics Association Ankara-Turkey


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