The implications of the shared natural resources on interstate relations in the east African community: a case study of Maasai/Serengeti national parks
Shared natural resources are a major point of conflict between different states worldwide. This research has been undertaken with an objective of getting an understanding of interstate relations in the East African Community (EAC): the case study being Maasai Mara/ Serengeti National Parks, in regard to this major conflict point. Further to the case study, the research employs in depth analysis of secondary data sources by examining books, reports, existing statutes and international instruments, journals, newspapers articles etcetera, that have previously covered this subject.It hypothesizes that conflict of interest is the major cause of interstate conflicts in this region which is compounded further by a weak and insufficient institutional and legislative framework. It examines the challenges and opportunities relating to shared resources of states involved. The research makes interesting findings in that a lot has been done to address this major diplomatic issue in the region e.g. the passage of the EAC trans-boundary shared resources law but many are challenges that still abound. Further it proceeds to offer various recommendations towards the improvement of the norms and institutions in this core aspect of diplomatic relations in the region including proposing for harmonization of laws n policies governing natural resources and the speeding up and strengthening of the ongoing integration of the EAC.