Good transboundary water governance in the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals: a legal perspective

Mallory Orme, Zoë Cuthbert, Francesco Sindico, Julie Gibson, Renice Bostic

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The goal of this article is to discuss whether the Sustainable Development Goals address the cooperation necessary to facilitate a system of transboundary water governance. For the purpose of this analysis, a Good Transboundary Water Governance Matrix has been developed. We find that transboundary water governance requires a holistic interpretation and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals understood as a whole. In particular, good governance and, ultimately, sustainable development require stakeholders to focus not only on water (Goal 6) but also on Goal 16, which focuses on international cooperation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)969-983
Number of pages15
JournalWater International
Issue number7
Early online date5 Nov 2015
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Nov 2015


  • international cooperation
  • law
  • sustainable development goals
  • transboundary water governance

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