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Game based simulation of negotiations over transboundary river-aquifer system

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Game based simulations are useful learning tools. In this case two teams representing 'Hilli'stan and Valli'stan, each made up a lawyer and a technical expert, engage in negotiations over their water needs from the shared river-aquifer system.
Their negotiations will be spontaneous - and the arguments may take one of several outcomes.
The idea is to illustrate how such negotiations can proceed in the real world.

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Game based simulation of negotiations over transboundary river-aquifer system

  1. 1. • This ‘game’ based simulation of negotiations over a transboundary river-aquifer is a ‘learning tool’ to better understand the issues that arise when such negotiations are carried out by interested Sharing Countries. • The negotiations are conducted by two-person teams, one representing “HillI’stan’ and the “Valli’stan”. • They will conduct negotiations on how to work towards an Agreement to cooperate over their shared resources Please ‘click’ through to the rest of the ppt…. For more info contact: ShammyPuri@practicalhydrogeology.co.uk
  2. 2. Transboundary issues An interconnected transboundary aquifer-river system underlies two countries in a semi-arid region. The upstream country (Hilli’stan) wishes to draw on the resources in the aquifers for urgent public supply needs. The downstream country (Valli’stan) is using a large amount of water for irrigation (which could be impacted by the new wellfields) and wants to expand irrigation – but needs the upstream neighbour to undertake either a dam construction or modify its groundwater use.
  3. 3. Paleozoic Shale – bedrock, very low hydraulic conductivity Mesozoic sandstone sequence – main aquifer Overlying Recent sequence – sands, loams, clays - aquifer Area of main rainfall / recharge Area of sporadic rainfall / recharge Regional groundwater flows Localised groundwater flows Groundwater flow directions deteremined from modelling Wells draw from the localiseed flows Wetlands fed from regional flows Valli’stan Hilli’stan
  4. 4. Hilli Mountainous & forested region Upper Onyxan river Hilli river Hilli Ville Capital city Agric area with many informal wells Scale 50 100 km km International border Northern Gorge Hills Optional dam site Large irrigation area (cotton) Irrigation expansion area Lower Oxynan river Wetlands & game reserves, indigenous population Hilli’stan Valli’stan Territory gained in past dispute
  5. 5. Hilli’stan Optional dam site Hilli Ville Capital city Agric area with many informal wells Requirements: • New well fields for municipal needs • Option dam for power generation
  6. 6. Large irrigation area (cotton) Irrigation expansion area Wetlands & game reserves Valli’stan Requirements: Additional water for new cotton fields Optional sources – regulated flows in river or new wellfield or conjunctive use
  7. 7. Visit www.practicalhydrogeology.co.uk
  • khanumtala

    Sep. 6, 2021

Game based simulations are useful learning tools. In this case two teams representing 'Hilli'stan and Valli'stan, each made up a lawyer and a technical expert, engage in negotiations over their water needs from the shared river-aquifer system. Their negotiations will be spontaneous - and the arguments may take one of several outcomes. The idea is to illustrate how such negotiations can proceed in the real world.

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