Transboundary rivers, sovereignty and development: Hydropolitical drivers in the Okavango River basin

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Hydropolitics is defined as the systematic study of the authoritative allocation of values in society with respect to water. This book has shown that there are really three broad factors that are relevant in the Okavango River basin. The first of these is the transboundary river system that has been sculpted over millions of years by natural physical and hydrological processes. The second factor is superimposition of political boundaries over the naturally occurring hydrological boundaries of the Okavango basin. Linked with this is the notion of sovereignty and the belief that all states have the right to control the natural resources on their territory. The third factor is linked to sovereignty, and relates to the desire by legitimate governments to develop the economy of their countries in such a way as to benefit the of their respective countries.

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