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Struggles over water quality, distribution and relational patterns are taking center stage across the world. Political borders become zones of tacit or active conflicts, merging human, environmental and national security concerns. In border regions, contaminated watersheds and polluted run-offs are transboundary challenges highlighting the need for decision-making processes that go beyond the borders of individual nation-states. Regional administrative structures that nurture ecologically sustainable and socially acceptable development, and that provide effective channels for cooperation and collaboration between national governments, regional institutions, tribal communities, civic and private sectors, exist in border regions over the world, including India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Israel, Palestine and Jordon, and US-Canada. These structures take any number of forms, from Peace Parks in South Africa and US-Canadian border to the Meso-American Biological Corridor in Latin America.
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