Downstream Dialogue

Today's environmental and social challenges require more than technical fixes; good governance is widely recognized as essential to sustainable and inclusive development across all sectors.

Downstream Dialogue is about bringing governance challenges to the forefront, and shedding light on the abundance of institutional, legal and political arrangements that exist to help communities manage and share natural resources. It is equally about identifying the institutional conditions that constrain sustainable development, and working with stakeholders to design credible governance structures that compensate for – not reinforce – the inherently human limitation to plan for the long term.read more


Valuing Rivers

November 3rd, 2018 by Laura Turley

The new WWF report Valuing Rivers: How the Diverse Benefits of Healthy Rivers Underpin Economies (2018) explores the many diverse and mostly unappreciated ways that the functioning of many economies today depend on healthy rivers. We suggest new ways of thinking about rivers’ benefits, and propose a framework with roles for...


Granting Rivers Legal Rights: Is International Law Ready for Rights-Centred Environmental Protection?

November 3rd, 2018 by Laura Turley

Published by The New Security Beat in June 2018 By Mara Tignino and Laura Turley Last year, four rivers were granted legal rights: the Whanganui in New Zealand, Rio Atrato in Colombia, and the Ganga and Yamuna rivers in India. These four cases present powerful examples of the increasing relevance of rights-centered environmental protection. Like...


Quelles sont les solutions mises en place pour éviter la pénurie en eau? Quels sont leurs avantages et leurs inconvénients?

November 3rd, 2018 by Laura Turley

Response Published on RTS-Découverte, Questions-Réponses (2018) Quelles sont les solutions mises en place pour éviter la pénurie en eau? Quels sont leurs avantages et leurs inconvénients? Question de Mathilde, 15 ans Il y a plusieurs façons de répondre à votre question et, en même temps, il n’y a pas une...


An even less convenient truth: climate change means more refugees

February 3rd, 2017 by Laura Turley

We’ve been hearing a lot about refugees, and a lot about climate change. But something I find alarming is how seldom we hear about them in the same train of thought. The reality is that rich countries in the Northern hemisphere will experience climate change, in large part, as...