The book is one of the first of its kind discussing transboundary water resources management from the perspective of international relations and regional cooperation. Managing transboundary waters is t just the domain of water managers but involves other considerations of foreign policy, diplomacy, trade and related issues.
The mograph brings together diverse perspectives from politicians, diplomats, academics, practitioners, bureaucrats, scientists and civil society on the concept of Hydro-diplomacy.
As very aptly put by Gopalkrishna Gandhi, A new hydro-cartography and a new hydro-wisdom must back hydro-diplomacy to address river water issues and to face the larger water crisis that looms overhead and under our feet .
IUCN is hopeful that this publication would pave the way for further understanding and deliberations on the subject of Hydro-diplomacy.
Ganesh Pangare, Head, Ecosystems and Livelihoods Group, Asia and Head, Water Programme, Asia IUCN Asia Regional Office, Bangkok, Thailand.