Cross-Border Resource Management

Cross-Border Resource Management

4th Edition - July 20, 2021

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  • Author: Rongxing Guo
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323915588
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323918701

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Cross-Border Resource Management, Fourth Edition addresses theoretical and analytical issues relating to cross-border resource management, particularly in a changing world. The book holistically explores issues where two entities share a border, such as sovereign countries, dependent states and others, where each seeks to maximize their political and economic interests regardless of impacts on the environment. This new edition has been completely revised to reflect current issues, with new cases and videos in every chapter and expanded coverage of natural disasters, climate change and modeling. Serving as a single resource to explore the many facets of managing and utilizing natural resources when they extend across defined borders, this new edition provides environmental managers and researchers in environmental management and policy with practical solutions for cross-border cooperation in the exploitation and utilization of natural and environmental resources.

Key Features

  • Includes case studies and videos in every chapter, along with expanded coverage on key topics in cross-border management, including natural disasters, climate change and modeling
  • Addresses both theoretical and practical issues in resource management across borders
  • Clarifies how natural and human systems interact in cross-border areas under conditions of uncertain, imperfect information, and in some circumstances, irreversibility
  • Provides various solutions for efficient cross-border management


Researchers and practitioners in environmental management and natural resource management

Table of Contents

  • 1. Border, Boundary and Frontier: Concepts
    1.1 Some basic concepts
    1.1.1 Traditional definitions
    1.1.2 An extended definition
    1.2 A world of borders
    1.2.1 Artificial barriers
    1.2.2 Geometrical lines
    1.2.3 Invisible borders
    1.3 Borders: political hierarchy
    1.3.1 Independent-country level
    1.3.2 Internally independent political-entity level
    1.3.3 Dependent political-entity level
    1.3.4 Other political-unit levels
    1.4 Borders: dimension and structure
    1.4.1 Spatial dimension
    1.4.2 Convex and concave borders
    1.4.3 Enclave and exclave borders
    Case 1. How borders matter to irregularly shaped nations
    Video show 1. A history of the Great Wall of China
    2. Globalization, Natural Resources and Borders
    2.1 Globalization and resources
    2.1.1 Earth is becoming smaller
    2.1.2 Demand for resources
    2.2 A story about earth
    2.2.1 Some basic facts
    2.2.2 Earth’s tectonic plates
    2.2.3 Earth’s varied topography
    2.3 Topography and borders
    2.3.1 Mountains as borders
    2.3.2 Rivers as borders
    2.3.3 Lakes/seas as borders
    2.3.4 Bays/gulfs as borders
    2.3.5 Straits/channels as borders
    2.4 Natural resources and borders
    2.4.1 Natural resources: formation
    2.4.2 Natural resources: classification
    2.4.3 Old boundary, new boundary
    Case 2. The US-China trade war and the rare earth supply chains
    Video show 2. An overview of the evolution of Earth’s surface
    3. Studying Borders: An Interdisciplinary Approach
    3.1 Good boundary, bad boundary
    3.1.1 What did the Sumerian border marker say?
    3.1.2 Qin dynasty failed due to borders
    3.1.3 Why Samoa shifts its time zone?
    3.2 Viewing the border from both sides
    3.2.1 Proximity and adjacency
    3.2.2 Pros and cons of borders
    3.2.3 Views from a larger extent
    3.3 Cross-border complexity
    3.3.1 ‘1>27’ – Story 1
    2.3.2 ‘7<4’ – Story 2
    3.3.3 A simple model
    3.4 Border barriers and border effects
    3.4.1 Border-related barriers
    3.4.2 Border/borderless economics
    3.5 Doing cross-border research
    3.5.1 Natural sciences
    3.5.2 Social science
    3.5.3 Interdiscipline
    3.5.4 Recent research progresses
    Case 3. Re-deciphering the Sumerian inscription: Historians are wrong
    Video show 3. TBD
    4. Practical Methods for Calculating or Estimating Border Effects
    4.1 Descriptive or narrative methods
    4.1.1 Zero-sum game
    4.1.2 Win-win game
    4.1.3 Lose-lose game
    4.2 Qualitative comparative methods
    4.2.1 Heterogeneity and causal complexity
    4.2.2 Qualitative comparative analysis
    4.2.3 An exercise
    4.3 Quantitative calculation methods
    4.3.1 Border effects as absolute terms
    4.3.2 Border effects as relative terms
    4.3.3 Boundary element method
    4.3.4 Bilateral filtering method
    4.4 Statistical estimation methods
    4.4.1 Border effects as (dis)continuous variables
    4.4.2 Border effects as mixed random variables
    4.4.3 Experimentally-statistical estimation model
    4.5 Optimization-induced methods
    4.5.1 A general idea
    4.5.2 Maximization-induced method
    4.5.3 Minimization-induced method
    Case 4. Estimating the cross-border effects of the U.S. marijuana policies
    Video show 4. TBD
    5. Cross-Border Resource Management: Institutions
    5.1 Doctrines and obligations
    5.1.1 Early doctrines
    5.1.2 Equity and justice
    5.1.3 The obligation not to cause harm
    5.2 Cross-border management: categories
    5.2.1 Resource allocation
    5.2.2 Resource management
    5.2.3 Integrated spatial planning
    5.3 Cross-border management: regimes
    5.3.1 Cooperative management
    5.3.2 Joint management
    5.3.3 Third-party trusteeship
    5.4 Institutional formulation
    5.4.1 The first treaty on border
    5.4.2 Treaty, convention and protocol
    5.4.3 Well begun is half done
    Case 5. Charting the East China Sea: an American view
    Video show 5. TBD
    6. Cross-Border Resource Management: Methods
    6.1 Fair division: continuous methods
    6.1.1 Divider-chooser method
    6.1.2 Lone divider method
    6.1.3 Lone chooser method
    6.1.4 Last diminisher method
    6.2 Fair division: discrete methods
    6.2.1 Method of sealed bids
    6.2.2 Method of markers
    6.2.3 Summary and application
    6.3 Non-cooperative game theory
    6.3.1 An old story
    6.3.2 A prisoner’s dilemma
    6.3.3 Subgame perfect equilibrium
    6.4 Cooperative game theory
    6.4.1 A win-win game
    6.4.2 Seeking Pareto optimality
    6.4.3 Summary and application
    Case 6. South China Sea disputes as games
    Video show 6. TBD
    7. Exploiting Natural Resources in Cross-Border Areas
    7.1 Solid resources, fixed boundaries
    7.1.1 Depletion of natural resources
    7.1.2 One world, different countries
    7.1.3 Geopolitical influences
    7.2 Fixed boundaries, fluid resources
    7.2.1 What are fluid resources?
    7.2.2 Transboundary aquifer system
    7.2.3 Iraq-Kuwait boundary oil
    7.2.4 US-Mexico boundary waters
    7.3 Solid resources, uncertain boundaries
    7.3.1 Uncertain Spratly islands
    7.3.2 Tumen’s development puzzle
    7.4 Uncertain boundaries, fluid resources
    7.4.1 Rough East China Sea
    7.4.2 In-depth reasons of discord
    7.5 Models of cross-border development
    7.5.1 Solo-development model
    7.5.2 Parallel-development model
    7.5.3 Joint venture model
    7.5.4 Joint authority model
    7.5.5 Third-party trusteeship model
    Case 7. A model of cross-border oil exploitation
    Video show 7. How oil is extracted between thin layers of shale
    8. Air and Space Resources and Cross-Border Cooperation
    8.1 Drawing borders beyond earth
    8.1.1 A failed attempt
    8.1.2 Potential resource, actual resource
    8.1.3 Layers of the atmosphere
    8.2 Climate and weather
    8.2.1 Climate and climate change
    8.2.2 Good wind, bad wind
    8.2.3 Clouds as rivers flowing in the sky
    8.3 Artificial weather modification
    8.3.1 Cloud seeding
    8.3.2 Storm/hurricane prevention
    8.3.3 Weather modification in warfare
    8.4 Cloud seeding and downwind areas
    8.4.1 “Hey! You! Get off of my cloud!”
    8.4.2 Technical and legal issues
    8.5 Space competition and cooperation
    8.5.1 Aerospace is not an empty void
    8.5.2 Avoiding aerospace race
    8.5.3 Managing space debris
    Case 8. An overview of satellite collision incidents
    Video show 8. An overview of cloud seeding
    9. Cross-Border Ecological Preservation and Biosafety
    9.1 Overexploitation: old issues
    9.1.1 The tragedy of the commons
    9.1.2 A simple fishery model
    9.2 Defining maritime boundaries
    9.2.1 What does the UNCLOS say?
    9.2.2 Territorial and international waters
    9.3 Avoiding lose-lose situations
    9.3.1 Resource overexploitation
    9.3.2 From lose-lose to win-win games
    9.4 Bioinvasions and cross-border biosafety
    9.4.1 A few words about bioinvasions
    9.4.2 Stop invasive species
    9.4.3 Cross-border biosafety
    9.5 Creating protected areas
    9.5.1 What is protected area?
    9.5.2 New areas, new borders
    Case 9. Stop Asian carp in the United States: an Asian view
    Video show 9. TBD
    10. Cross-Border Environmental Pollution and Protection
    10.1 Earth and the environment
    10.1.1 Earth as a diverse system
    10.1.2 Old issues, new issues
    10.2 Cross-border environmental pollution
    10.2.1 Environmental quality
    10.2.2 Cross-border water pollution
    10.2.3 A statistical test
    10.3 Cross-border separation and the environment
    10.3.1 Common issues, differing views
    10.3.2 A US-Mexico comparison
    10.3.3 Tumen water pollution
    10.4 Cross-border actions on the environment
    10.4.1 What is environmental health science?
    10.4.2 An environment-health dilemma
    10.4.3 Maximizing ecological and humanistic effects
    Case 10. How the desert-greening project works in China
    Video show 10. The U.S. border wall project and the environmental concerns
    11. Climate Change and Cross-Border Resource Management
    11.1 Climate change: An old issue
    11.1.1 A historical overview
    11.1.2 Climate change at modern times
    11.1.3 El Niño Southern Oscillation cycle
    11.2 Global warming and warning
    11.2.1 Global warming in the 21st century: four scenarios
    11.2.2 Sea-level rise projections
    11.2.3 Notice to use of results from different sources
    11.3 Global warming and cross-border areas
    11.3.1 Global warming differs throughout the world
    11.3.2 Sea-level rise, flooding and cross-border resources
    11.4 Nature doesn’t recognize borders
    11.4.1 Border issues, broader issues
    11.4.2 Implications to lowland and highland
    11.4.3 Further policy implications
    Case 11. An Imperative for the lower reaches of the Yellow river
    Video show 11. How sea-level rise affects coastal and islands borders
    12. Managing Natural Disasters in Cross-Border Areas
    12.1 Natural disasters and civilizations
    12.1.1 What induce natural disasters?
    12.1.2 Civilizations as response to natural disasters
    12.2 Categorizing natural disasters
    12.2.1 Heatwaves, drought and wildfires
    12.2.2 Earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes
    12.2.3 Thunderstorms and tropical and winter storms
    12.2.4 Flooding and landslides and mudslides
    12.2.5 New, secondary and unforeseen disasters
    12.3 Managing cross-border natural disasters
    12.3.1 Natural disasters and border areas
    12.3.2 Cross-border relief of natural disasters
    12.3.3 Cross-border coordination and cooperation
    12.4 Cross-border crisis prevention and preparedness
    12.4.1 Coordinated risk assessment
    12.4.2 Multilateral emergency planning
    12.4.3 Education and training
    12.4.4 Cross-border activation
    Case 12. How many borders were created during the COVID-19 pandemic in China?
    Video show 12. Africa’s cross-border wildfires in protected areas
    13. Territorial Discontinuity and Cross-Border Cooperation
    13.1 Why discontinuous territories?
    13.1.1 Historical context
    13.1.2 Legal factor
    13.2 Enclaves and counter-enclaves
    13.2.1 Who drew these borders?
    13.2.2 De-enclaving the border areas
    13.3 Cross-border territorial re-allocation
    13.3.1 Territorial re-allocation: rationale
    13.3.2 Territorial re-allocation: principles
    13.4 Territorial diplomacy and geopolitics
    13.4.1 Cooperative geopolitical games
    13.4.2 Non-cooperative geopolitical games
    13.5 Cross-border territorial cooperation
    13.5.1 European territorial cooperation
    13.5.2 US-Mexico Border crossings
    13.5.3 A glance of friendship bridges
    Case 13. A glance of the land swap schemes
    Video show 13. TBD
    14. Territorial Disputes and Cross-Border Management
    14.1 What are bad boundaries?
    14.1.1 Inappropriate terms and place names
    14.1.2 Vague geometrical features
    14.1.3 Intricate human and cultural features
    14.1.4 Inconsistent or contradictory statements
    14.2 Factors activating territorial disputes
    14.2.1 Resource scarcity
    14.2.2 Locational feature
    14.2.3 Domestic politics
    14.2.4 Geopolitical competition
    14.2.5 Cultural difference
    14.2.6 Summary
    14.3 Political economy of territorial disputes
    14.3.1 Costs of territorial disputes
    14.4 Territorial disputes and resource management
    14.4.1 Armed conflicts and the environment
    14.4.2 Resource management in disputed areas
    Case 14. Territorial claims in the Arctic
    Video show 14. China, India embroiled in border dispute
    15. Cross-Border Conflict Prevention and Management
    15.1 Preventing conflict
    15.1.1 Negotiation
    15.1.2 Mediation
    15.1.3 Arbitration
    15.1.4 Litigation
    15.1.5 Shelving disputes
    15.2 Options for areas in conflict
    15.2.1 Buffer zone
    15.2.2 Neutral zone
    15.2.3 Demilitarized zone
    15.2.4 International peace park
    15.3 Warfare management
    15.3.1 From disputes to wars
    15.3.2 Managing wars
    15.4 The art of avoiding war
    15.4.1 An art-of-avoiding-war flowchart
    15.4.2 Toward a war-free world
    Case 15. Arbitration on the South China Sea: Rulings from The Hague
    Video show 15. TBD

Product details

  • No. of pages: 568
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: July 20, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323915588
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323918701

About the Author

Rongxing Guo

Rongxing Guo is Professor (Homepage:; ORCID: 0000-0002-5368-793X), Capital University of Economics and Business, Beijing, China. He has led research projects for the OECD and the World Bank, and undertaken consultation for the Chinese government. An expert who is among the very few scholars to publish in six major disciplines of economics, geography, political science, management science, archaeology, and anthropology, Rongxing Guo has more than 30 years of experience teaching and researching in China, as well as in Australia, Japan, South Korea, Italy, Germany and the US. During the past 20 years or so, he has published more than 30 monographs and many valuable articles. His most recent research works are “Explaining the Human and Cultural Puzzles: A New Development Theory” – whose full text is available at -- and “Managing the Unruly Waters: An Imperative for Safety and Resilience along the Yellow River” (draft).

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Capital University of Economics and Business, China

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