Transboundary Cooperation in the International Columbia River Basin

The Northwest Power and Conservation Council with the Columbia Basin Trust commissioned the Transboundary Cooperation in the International Columbia River Basin report, which assesses the existing areas of cooperation and collaboration across the Columbia River Basin as well as identifies area for improved cooperation. Meghan Carter and OSU Water Resources Policy and Management Master's student Ingrid Timboe in partnership with the Universities Consortium on Columbia River Governance identified and interviews transboundary initiatives throughout the basin. Based on these interviews, the authors identified that the most compelling needs in the basin are improving coordination, coordinating fishery management, creating integrated invasive species management, improving interconnectedness and shared responsibility, and cultivating a basin wide identity.

The full report, released September 2015, can be viewed here.

OSU Water Resources Policy and Management Master's student Ingrid Timboe expanding upon the report as part of her Master's Thesis. In the absence of a formal treaty or river basin organization in place to manage issues broadly related to ecosystem function, this thesis explores the many ways in which the United States and Canada are and are not co-managing the ecological function of the transboundary basin.  In light of the potential re-negotiation of the Columbia River Treaty to include ecosystem function as a third treaty purpose, it is important to first understand how transboundary cooperation around these issues is currently managed, at what scale it is occurring, and where there are gaps in co-management that could be filled. The evolving role of the U.S. Native American Tribes and Canadian First Nations in river management is also explored, and recommendations for future transboundary cooperation around ecosystem function are offered.

Her thesis titled Assessing the Current State of Transboundary Water Cooperation in the International Columbia River Basin is available on OSU's Scholar's Archive.

Her interview notes with initiative managers throughout the Columbia River Basin are available here. In addition, she has complied a database of the transboundary initiatives throughout the basin.

This research and report was supported by:

NWPCT
CBT

UCCRG

Collaborating Partners



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