Water treaties are as old as civil­i­sa­tion

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The his­tory of in­ter­na­tional water treaties dates back to 2500 BC, when the two Sume­rian city-states of La­gash and Umma crafted an agree­ment end­ing a water dis­pute along the Ti­gris River‹often said to be the first treaty of any kind. Ac­cord­ing to the Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­ga­ni­za­tion, more than 3,600 treaties re­lated to in­ter­na­tional water re­sources have been drawn up since 805 AD. Ma­jor­ity of these treaties deal with nav­i­ga­tion and bound­ary de­mar­ca­tion.

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