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Water and Diplomacy

While water is the most common natural feature used to establish borders that divide nations, it is also a vital resource that can bring nations together, especially in times of shortage and drought.

Given the increasing need for international solutions to address complex, cross-border water issues, Blue Legacy proposes a new paradigm for viewing the world—a watershed-first approach that looks beyond political borders to emphasize the importance of the underlying natural systems.

When the management of a watershed is fragmented along political borders, the health of the entire system can be compromised. In this situation—when communities on both sides of the border are in jeopardy, and water resources are limited—it is crucial that nations come together in the spirit of cooperation to address these complex challenges in a nonpartisan fashion with a focus on the entire watershed.