The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Papers on Water Diplomacy and Transboundary River Management

Adelphi has published a series of studies and reports on the role, challenges and opportunities of water diplomacy and trans-boundary river cooperation in light of climate change. They are free for download.

Adelphi is an independent think tank and public policy consultancy on climate, environment and development. Their mission is to improve global governance through research, dialogue and consultation.

1-“Water Connects - A Short Guide to Preventive Water Diplomacy“
This paper summarizes several years of experience in German water diplomacy and develops a conceptual frame for designing strategies and narratives for preventive water diplomacy action. (January 2017). View or Download at

2-“Water and Climate Diplomacy – Integrative Approaches for Adaptive Action in Transboundary River Basins”
This study outlines key water governance instruments that support climate change adaptation in transboundary basins. An increasing number of river basins use such instruments, for example data and information sharing mechanisms or flexible water treaties, to address the impacts of climate change and build adaptive capacities. (August 2016). View or Download at

3-"Linking Water and Climate Diplomacy“
To overcome existing shortcomings and strengthen capacities to adapt to climate change, the water (cooperation) and climate communities should engage proactively and seek to create synergies between their instruments. This brief summarizes the main findings of the “Water and Climate Diplomacy” report. (January 2017). View or Download at

4-“The Rise of Hydro-Diplomacy – Strengthening Foreign Policy for Transboundary Waters”
What contribution can diplomats and technical experts make to support transboundary water cooperation? And how can such cooperation be leveraged to facilitate wider-ranging regional integration? Published in 2014, this report is still an important resource. It calls on foreign policy makers to exert stronger political leadership in water diplomacy and to actively accompany and facilitate the efforts of technical and development experts. View or Download at
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