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The International River Basin Organization (RBO) Database is a searchable database that provides detailed institutional design data for more than 120 RBOs in more than 110 internationally shared watercourses. It was created by Dr. Susanne Schmeier as a part of her PhD research. The database highlights the commonalities and differences across RBOs in the way they are set up and in the functions they fulfill in governing international watercourses. The searchable database allows the user to search for a specific RBO (by RBO name, year of establishment, continent or member countries) and retrieve information on the institutional design characteristics of the respective RBO. The data can be accessed through the following formats:
Data on the institutional design of these RBOs includes:
Data on the different RBOs has been gathered from a number of different resources – including the underlying agreements and treaties, official documents of RBOs such as Rules of Procedures, Annual Work Plans, Strategic Plans or websites, official documents provided by bilateral and multilateral donors supporting the respective RBOs, program and project descriptions related to the RBOs as well as secondary analyses of different RBOs as far as available. Key sources used in this research are available at this link - List of References and Sources.
This database is a work in progress, and we invite observations and additional entries. Please contact us with comments or new/missing organizations or institutional design features of RBOs.