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he examples of conflict, cooperation, and a combination of the two that fall along the U.S.Canada border suggest that the two countries are abiding by the agreements in place and are using the resources available to them to solve disputes or disagreements that arise. They are also collaborating to manage transboundary water resources at the watershed level, which can be seen in the creation of the International Watersheds Initiative. Although not discussed in detail in this report, much of the cooperation of the two countries is centered on the Great Lakes, which can be seen by the numerous agreements in place and the role of the IJC in managing those resources.

During 2009, the US and Canada are recognizing and celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty. This binational celebration recognizes that the Boundary Waters Treaty served the two countries well during the 20th century, and the Treaty and the International Joint Commission are continuing to assist the two countries well during the beginning of the 21st century.

Red Deer River, a tributary of the South Saskatchewan River, Alberta. Photo credit: Erik Lizee, via Wikimedia Commons.

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NORTH AMERICA :Hydropolitical Vulnerability and Resilience along International Waters  

This report focuses on the challenges and opportunities facing North America, a continent with about 6.5% of its area covered by surface fre...

NORTH AMERICA :Hydropolitical Vulnerability and Resilience along International Waters  

This report focuses on the challenges and opportunities facing North America, a continent with about 6.5% of its area covered by surface fre...

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