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Introduction: Preserving Ecosystems of International Watercourses

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This introduction presenst an overview of the concepts discussed in this book. The book centres on Article 20's obligation to preserve freshwater ecosystems of international watercourses in their natural state to the exclusion of other protection measures that address prevention of harm, including measures relating to security, water-related disease, measures relating to technical and hydrological control of watercourses, and other measures on protection of watercourses. It studies the issue of fragmentation of international law through the prism of interpretation accorded under Article 31(3)(c) of 1969 Vienna Convention. The book assists water and legal practitioners in their administrative and adjudicative capacities in resolving difficulties arising from congestion of treaties by engaging the legal technique of interpretation, and to operationalise Article 31(3)(c) of 1969 Vienna Convention as an integration tool for management of this problem. Aspects considered relevant for the preservation of ecosystems of international watercourses are reinterpreted through the prism of an ecosystem approach.

Keywords: 1969 Vienna Convention; international law; international watercourses; legal practitioners; preserve freshwater ecosystems; protection measures

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