The UN Convention on International Watercourses comes into effect this week: thethirdpole.net asks experts if it can lower regional frictions over access to water
Water has long been a source of tension in Asia. Ten major rivers originate on the Tibetan plateau in China, supplying water to roughly 1.4 billion people along their banks. But there are no multilateral agreements about how this water should be shared.
Ambitious hydropower plans in China and India have raised objections from other countries. As industrial growth demands more water, and climate change makes supplies erratic, tensions may easily heat up. Read More