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Unpublished Paper
Proposed Mexican Strategies in the Case of U.S. Failure to Comply with the 1944 Water Treaty Due to Climate Change.
ExpressO (2010)
  • Arash Ebrahimi, University of San Diego
Abstract
Very soon freshwater will shift into international focus as the most important scarce natural resource needed by humans to ensure their survival. At the center of this focus are freshwater sources shared between neighboring countries. The Colorado River has served the needs of U.S. and Mexican citizens for centuries and its use is dictated by the terms of a treaty signed by both nations in 1944. Even the most unrealistically conservative estimates show the Colorado River will be deficient in meeting freshwater demand in less than 50 years. Mexico’s anticipation of U.S. failure to comply with the terms of the treaty is essential. Few realistically effective options are available to Mexico in this scenario, but Mexico should enlist the support of the international community to hold the United States accountable to the treaty it signed: specifically Canada, a fellow neighbor to the U.S. who shares freshwater sources. It is imperative that Mexico and the United States act swiftly to resolve water rights issues before decreased freshwater becomes an international crisis.
Disciplines
Publication Date
March 16, 2010
Citation Information
Arash Ebrahimi. "Proposed Mexican Strategies in the Case of U.S. Failure to Comply with the 1944 Water Treaty Due to Climate Change." ExpressO (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/arash_ebrahimi/1/