Journal article

Conflict and cooperation in the water-security nexus: a global comparative analysis of river basins under climate change

P Michael Link, Juergen Scheffran, Tobias Ide



Adequate fresh water availability is an important factor for human security in many parts of the world. In transboundary river basins, decreased water supply due to local environmental change and global climate change and increased water demand due to growing populations and continued economic development can aggravate water scarcity. Contrary to the claim that water scarcity may result in an increased risk of armed conflict, there is no simple relationship between freshwater availability and violent conflict. Other crucial factors need to be taken into consideration that also directly influence resource availability and personal human well-being. In this review, we assess the scientific lit..

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Awarded by Cluster of Excellence 'CliSAP', University of Hamburg

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Leonard Borchert for valuable technical support and for the GIS work on the figures. Research for this paper was supported through the Cluster of Excellence 'CliSAP' (EXC177), University of Hamburg, which is funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG).