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Transboundary Waters, Infrastructure Development and Public Private Partnership

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Through the Prism of the Nam Thuen 2 and Xayaburi Hydropower Projects

Governments increasingly look to the private sector for the financing, design, construction, and operation of infrastructure projects, and as a result, public-private partnerships (PPPs) have emerged as a valuable source for investment funds and expertise. PPPs involving new uses of transboundary waters require giving particular attention to the huge potential for environmental and social impacts. This monograph examines what PPPs are and how they, and environmental and social ‘safeguards,’ function in a transboundary waters context and with each other. This examination is undertaken through the prism of the Nam Theun 2 and Xayaburi hydroelectric power projects in Lao PDR. This monograph discusses and draws some important lessons from these PPPs contractual arrangements, costs, financing, and risk mitigation, for PPPs to be contemplated in other transboundary waters contexts.

Affiliations: 1: International Waters Governance Initiative, University of British ColumbiaCanada ; 2: J.S.D. Candidate, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of LawUnited States ; 3: International Waters Governance Initiative, University of British ColumbiaCanada ; 4: International Waters Governance Initiative, University of British ColumbiaCanada


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